Also it raises my hackles something fierce when a native New Yorker says "sub."
Also, the "addressing a group of people" is missing a dot for Yinz around Pittsburgh's region.
UPDATE: Enthusiastic Marylanders have alerted us that there is indeed a town in Maryland called Bowie and pronounced "Boo-wie." That solves that. No word yet from Texans.
UPDATE 2: From a Texan: "It's pronounced Boo-wie because it's named after Jim Bowie (pronounced Boo-wie), who played a major role in the Texas revolution. That explains why we're the only ones who pronounce it correctly."
Ian Fleming came from the kind of upper class world represented in the Jeeves and Wooster novels, and one of the many strange characteristics of that world, you may have noticed, is the peculiar pronunciation of names. The author of the stories is spelled Wodehouse, but we say “Woodhouse.” Bertie’s surname is spelled Wooster, but pronounced “Wuster.” Jeeves is a valet, but in England we say“val-et.” There are an extraordinary number of noble surnames amongst the titled classes in Britain that you have to be very careful about. The name Maywearing, for example, is pronounced “Mannering.” For Featherstonhaugh we say “Fanshaw.” And for Fotheringay, “Fun-gee.” My favorite is the name which is spelled Chalmunderly, but pronounced “Chumley.” It defies logic and sense of course, but then, so much about the aristocracy does. That’s part of their charm. Meanwhile, this is Stephen Fry, spelled with embarrassing simplicity, F-R-Y, bidding you farewell.”
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