One of my all time favorites is "Gough" Street in San Francisco. I've heard people call it Gawf, gouch, goodge, gow, go, and guff.
people from Norfolk, VA pronounce it: NOR-fik
Virtually every other town in Massachusetts is pronounced oddly.
Gloucester -> "Glosster"
Leominster -> "Luhminster"
Woburn -> "Wooburn"
Falmouth -> "Falmuth"
Massachusetts -> "this fawkin' place"
Posted by: alkali at January 7, 2003 06:17 PM
Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto, is pronounced by locals as Etobico (that is, with a silent -ke).
Posted by: Gideon Strauss at January 8, 2003 10:02 AM
Anyway, nearly all the towns named after foreign cities that are in Illinois have mispronounced names. I live near Vienna (VIE-an-nuh, as in the word "vie"), Cairo ("KEH-roh") is south of us, then there's New Berlin ("BUR-lin"), and Athens (EI-thens, like the word "eight").
Posted by: Chris at January 10, 2003 02:08 PM
I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, where a few things aren't quite as they seem. Legare Street downtown is "luh-GREE". Vanderhorst Street is "VAN-dross". Huger Street is "YOU-gee."
Posted by: CGHill at January 12, 2003 08:38 PM
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