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It's the Texans that got it wrong. nt
Posted by Doug on September 15, 2021, 13:42:42, in reply to "Worcester
As I am sure you know, in Massachusetts, is "Woo-ster" where the "woo" is the same sound as in woof, or wool (and not the sound as in spool.)
A long time back, I was out on an evening stroll, and a trailer truck was pulled over with its flashers going. I asked the driver what he was looking for. "Were-sess-ter Road" was the reply. I noted he was not from anywhere local, and gave him directions.
Was riding the subway in Manhatten years ago, and the stop was announced on the loudspeaker as "Howsstun." Sign on the platform was Houston. I shook my head. Later found out that is how the locals say it. It is "Howsstun."
Ed got it right.
Several cities with same name are pronounced differently. For example, Beaufort in South Carolina is pronounced "bew-fort," but the city North Carolina is pronounced "bow-fort."
Ma-ken. Long A. The airship was named for this city.
The city in France is pronounced Ma-con. Short A
Is pronounced MAY-CON. Is that correct?
Since my longstanding reference for the pronunciation is the 70s film Macon County Line and there it was produced May-Cun.
My hometown of Quincy is pronounce Kwin-Zee (that's the way the Quincy family pronounced it) and all the other Quincys in the US are pronounced Kwin-See.
We've got a ton of uniquely pronounced city and town names in Massachusetts!
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Quincy, Massachusetts, USA http://www.uss-salem.org/
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