The Natives Know

I recently saw a segment on TV about the correct pronunciation of the town of Bangor, Maine. The natives there are on a crusade to have their city’s name pronounced correctly. The typical pronunciation we have heard was “Banger.” They insist that it is pronounced as spelled “Bangor.” In my state one of the most mispronounced cities is Kissimmee. This town near Disney World is pronounced with the accent on the 2nd syllable and not the first. In Georgia, there is a city near Atlanta named Albany. The natives insist that it be pronounced “Albenny,” again with the accent on the 2nd syllable instead of the first. My hometown in South Carolina is named Clinton. Well, now what can you do to change the pronunciation of that town? Well, here’s how the natives do that. They completely eliminate the “t” and pronounce it Clinnon. Pronunciations may vary from place to place, but the natives know what is the correct pronunciation of their towns, villages, and cities.

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About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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