City Names

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Dec 6 16:42:37 UTC 1999

Although she is proud of her Sicilian heritage, my wife (the former Carol
Guagliardo) finds some comfort in not hearing the disasters of her name now
that she is a Preston.

She reports some modifications that even suggested that speakers looked no
further than the first two or three letters.


>I believe our dear Brett Favre was born and raised in Mississippi and
>brought his unusual pronunciation with him. Certainly, Green Bay residents
>stumbled over the pronunciation in the early days, just as other people
>still do.
>French names are not the only ones with a variety of mispronunciations--we
>don't even want to get started Spanish names! As a high school student of
>Spanish I and II, I was shocked to hear La Junta, CO, pronounced with the
>English J!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dennis R. Preston <preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU>
>Date: Friday, December 03, 1999 5:51 PM
>Subject: Re: City Names
>>How could y'all forget Bret Favre (FAHRV) of the Packers? I recommend we
>>should re-name them the Green Bay Metathesizers. Let's see what silly
>>headgear they can come up with then!
>>>And if you drive through Montana, you will find "Hell-IN-uh" (Helena),
>>>"HAV-ur" (Havre), and "SHOAT-oe" (Choteau).
>>>Rebecca Meyer (originally from Hav-ur)
>>>San Diego
>>>At 06:21 PM 99/12/03 -0600, you wrote:
>>>>Canada's policy of bilingualism is all very well, but it just doesn't
>>>>reach far enough to handle U.S. place names with French antecedents.
>>>>So maybe you think you're being a "dumb Canuck", but whoever the dumbest
>>>>Cancuk may be, in all of Canada there's nobody dumb enough to beat an
>>>>ordinary Midwesterner when it comes to fancy mispronunciations.
>>>>-- mike salovesh      <salovesh at>      PEACE !!!
>>Dennis R. Preston
>>Department of Linguistics and Languages
>>Michigan State University
>>East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
>>preston at
>>Office: (517)353-0740
>>Fax: (517)432-2736

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