How Do You Say

It’s not really a pet peeve but it is definitely an annoyance for me to hear something mispronounced, especially on the radio.

A few years ago there was an ad for something in a nearby town. The name of the town is Alton pronounced All (everything) ton (weight). The announcer called it Al (man’s name) town. It really grated on the ear.

When I hear things like this, I wonder if the copy writer or the ad agency did any research into how to properly say something. Maybe it’s a regional dialect but if you really want to sell something to me, make sure you pronounce it correctly.

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3 Responses to How Do You Say

  1. fillyjonk says:

    People always mess up Oklahoma place names.

    Though I will say the funniest one was a Michigan weathercaster discussing a place in Montana that they really should have been able to pronounce: Crested Butte. It came out more like “crusted butt.”

  2. fillyjonk says:

    Also, I have to admit, the first time I tried to say “Achille” (a town near here) I got it totally wrong and had to be corrected. People here pronounce it like “ACK-illy,” I was interpreting the fundamental Frenchness of the name and wanting to say “ah-KEEL”

  3. Mary Ann Powell says:

    How about “liberry” for “library? I hear that often here in Portland, TN and so want to correct the speaker.

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