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  • Well, at least one is Portland, I suppose? I seem to remember something cute like that going on with street names.

    Also, while walking around OSCON, someone laughed at my pronunciation of some important street name which, apparently, everyone who isn't from Portland mispronounced. What is it? (I really don't remember.)

    I was also mocked for mentioning the WILL-a-met river.
    • No, the Alphabetical sequence in Portland begins with Burnside (Couch, Davis, Everett, Flanders [doh!], Glisan, Hoyt, Irving, Johnson, Kearney, Lovejoy, Marshall, Northrup, Overton, Pettygrove, Quimby, Raleigh, Savier, Thurman, Upshur, Vaughn, Wilson). Good guess though.

      As for funny pronounciations, perhaps it was "couch", which is pronounced "Cooooch", apparently to honor the person it was named after. Apparently, these names come from local historical figures.

      • Randal L. Schwartz
      • Stonehenge
    • When I was living in Durango, Colorado, I lived on Florida Road, which is prounounced "Fluh-REED-uh".

      Here in Chicago, there's also a Goethe street, pronounced "GO-thee" (soft th, not hard).



      • The difference, being, of course, that "Flor-EE-da" is how the name "ought" to be pronounced, whereas "GO-thee" is Just Totally Wrong. But sometimes I think maybe it's better to be entirely wrong than just a little wrong. Hearing it pronounced "Gerta" really rubs me the wrong way.