Over at Thrillist.com, they put out a story on some American cities that Americans pronounce completely wrong. And I assumed Mobile (and maybe Biloxi) would make the list. But alas, not so much. So people who read the article will still have no idea that we pronounce these cities as "moh-BEEL," and "bil-LUHKS-ee."
But at least we can learn a few names we might not have otherwise known:
- Wilkes-Barre is a good one, pronounced "wilks-BARE-ee," or the same as a person named "Barry."
- Schenectady is another tough one, pronounced "skuh-NEK-tuh-dee," or just call it the Capital District, because along with Troy and Albany, that's the New York region it's part of.
- Then there's Lafayette, Louisiana -- which they like to call "LAFF-ee-et," like having a good "laugh." And sorry, I can't do that one. My name is LaFayette -- both with a capital 'F' and a correct pronunciation of "LAW-fee-et." I'm assuming they're wrong.
Wanna see more? Take a look at the article HERE. There's also a Facebook comments section at the bottom, where people have contributed a lot more of them.
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