Friday, June 12, 2015

All in a name #325

In my younger years I have been known to pronounce, in my head at least, Tanzania as I would Tasmania with the ending 'ania' pronounced the same.

The different pronunciation of another two place names occurred  to me the other day, Tallangatta and Coolangatta. I rather like saying Coolangatta as I say Tallangatta. Try it yourself, with the emphasis on lang in Coolangatta.

Well, it amused me for a minute or so.


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  1. Terre Haute has nearly infinite mispronounciations. My fave is 'Terry Hooty'.

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    1. Jac, is it tear as in rip and haute as in couture? I kind of like Terry Hooty.

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    2. It's pronounced Tara/Terra...you got the Haute part spot on. I get tickled when I hear it pronounced Terry Hooty... have also heard it called Turr Hoot, Tear Hot, etc... etc...

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  2. And hearing quiche pronounced 'quicky' cracked me up.

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  3. For quite a while ( even after I gave her the correct pronunciation) a new migrant friend would always say Nunawading as though there was a religious person walking in the ocean.

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    1. That's hilarious Cathy. I will remember that one.

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  4. Some place names are so odd I just point to them on a map and say this place.
    I like the sound of Terry Hooty.
    and there have been many, many jokes made about people ordering the 'quicky' in restaurants or cafes.

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    1. River, bound to raise waiter/ess eyebrows when asking them for a quicky.

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  5. My mum always pronounced Penelope as Pene-lope and kiosk as koysk, cracked me up.. ,wish she was still doing it!

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    1. Grace, I was past my youth before I knew how to pronounce Penelope. I am not sure what I thought. Maybe like canterloupe? Koysk is funny.

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