Two Questions

1.  How can the same person who pronounces Pulaski “pew-lass-key” pronounce Buchanan “Buck-cannon”?

2.  Do you remember when seed companies used to give away two different baseball caps?  How the caps for women had a poofy ball on top?  Do they still make those?

15 thoughts on “Two Questions

  1. In Illinois, it’s Puh-las-key and Bew-cannon….so it all depends on local dialects how words are pronounced. When I moved to Illinois from Washington state, I got made fun of because I pronounce the with a long e, and said “a” (long sound) not “uh” (as in aaaaaaaaaa dog, not “uh” dog).

  2. All right. Clearly this is a southern thing and one, as a midwesterner by birth, I am not going to be easily acclimated to. But dang it makes me laugh. Like “No, you’re saying those backwards!”

  3. As for the caps, I asked the guy at John Deere about it yesterday and he said they don’t make them any more. I am devastated. I have to live through an 80s revival of fucking shoulder pads and green neon but I can’t have an 80s revival of seed hats with poofy balls on top?!

    I’m going to find a way to make this happen. I don’t know how, but mark my words. This summer will not end without me having a baseball cap with a poofy ball on top. I work with yarn all the time. I can make a poofy ball, if it comes to that.

  4. Try having to listen to someone repeatedly pronounce nuisance as “new-ih-sense”… Although, that’s not nearly as bad having to suffer through “& etc.” My not-so-inner-pedant has to be restrained from doing bodily harm at that one.

  5. When I did customer service, I’d hear from people saying “Ponce De Leon” Avenue (pronounce in English, exactly as it sounds) from Atlanta, right after people from Miami pronouncing it in Spanish, the proper way.

    Also, Houston. In New York City, Houston Street is pronounced HOW-STON … and as you know, they can get pretty snotty with you if you make a mistake like that.

    In Ohio “Bellefontaine” is pronounced “Bell-fountain”–ain’t no u anywhere in the word.

    Staunton, Virginia is STANTON, etc.

    We were constantly giving ourselves away as NOT local, and people would get so mean about it. (I wonder how they feel now that everybody answer the calls is answering from another country altogether?)

  6. I love all the different ways folks pronounce La Fayette. That really is one of my favorite things about different regional accents.

    What is it in both North Carolina and South Carolina–Beauford? Beaufort? I can’t remember, but it cracks me up because in one state it’s “Bew-ford” and in the other it’s “Bow-ford.”

  7. I love this stuff. It makes me feel like there actually are still regions with identities in this country. As for “LaFayette,” my great grandfather’s name was Orvey LaFayette Lewis, but everyone in West Tennessee pronounced it “Luh-FEET.”

  8. Beaufort, SC (where they filmed “The Big Chill”) = “Bew-fert”

    During the William Hurt palimony lawsuit, the Hollywood-TV shows kept talking about the time he filmed the movie in “Bow-fort” –and the local folks just howled over it.

  9. St. Louis pronunciations of old French names around town is the best. Laclede (laCLEED), DeBaliviere (diBAHLiver), and Chouteau (SHOWtow) are my favorites.

  10. My last name is Buchanan. Buck-CAN-an that is….Once when I was tired of being ‘corrected” as to how to pronounce MY OWN NAME I did a little research. The way we pronounce our name just happens to be the original pronounciation that our ancestors used in Scotland. Certain segments of Buchanans changed the way they pronounce it to the “bew-canon” pronunciation – probably because President Buchanan pronounced his name that way. So the next time you want to try to make someone feel that their pronunciation of a word is backward or ignorant, think again!

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