Learn to speak Wisconsin

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Sep 10 03:47:19 UTC 2007

On 9/9/07, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/9/07, Paul Johnston <paul.johnston at wmich.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Tom should know the set up in New Jersey, where he lives.  When I
> > moved there, I mispronounced forms for places like Weequahic,
> > Matawan, and Communipaw and learned 2 correct pronunciations for
> > Wanaque (though which ones the locals use I don't know.
> How DOES one pronounce "Communipaw"? I have a particular reason for asking.

Residents of Jersey City in the vicinity of Communipaw Avenue
pronounce it as you might expect: [k@ 'mju:n @ ,pO:] (like the first
three syllables of "community" + "paw").

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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