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    Not to be confused with the topic from a year and a half ago, about pronouncing leucophylla or gemmae or...., this is geared toward how we pronounce English words, based upon our respective accents.

    I am having an online discussion on how to pronounce the name Analisa and I brought up that I come from both ends of the State of NY. If you are from NYC / LI, that 'A' sound will be one thing, but if you come from Rochester and west, it will be completey different.

    So, how do you pronounce words like Colorado, Oregon, Florida, orange, coffee, milk, radiator, roof, process, and names like Kathy or Karen?

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    Mid-New York stater, born and raised.
    (southern tier/Finger Lakes.)


    Colorado, - cahl-uh-rah-dough
    Oregon, - oar-uh-gon
    Florida, -floor-uh-duh
    orange, -oar-inge (as in hinge)
    coffee, -koff-ee
    milk, -hmmm..cant think of a way to phonetically spell it, except "milk"!
    (got one! I use Mel, as in Mel's diner,..others say "mill" as in mill pond)

    radiator, -ray-dee-ay-der
    roof, - roo..as in Kanga, with a fff on the end.
    process - pra, rhymes with bra, cess.
    Kathy - cah (same "a" sound as cat) -thee, (rhymes with three.)
    Karen - care-in


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    I'd only change a few from Scott's

    Oregon, - oar-eh-gon
    Florida, -floor-eh-duh
    radiator, -ray-dee-ay-ter
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (scottychaos @ Nov. 08 2005,1:03)]Kathy - cah (same "a" sound as cat) -thee, (rhymes with three.)
    Karen - care-in


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    I was born in NYC and we moved to Long Island (Lawn-guy-lind) and it sounds as if you say Kathy & Karen differently. Having spent a good 20 years in Buffalo, I say Kathy & Karen the same way - Kaithy, as in Care Bear sound.

    So the Finger Lakes region isn't totally like Buffalo / Niagara Falls / Jamestown?

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    This subject has always fascinated me. Ever since I was a kid and a friend from out of town didn't understand me when I asked, "You wanna have a catch?" I believe that phrase is unique to New York City where I grew up. Most people would say "play catch," or the like. New Yorkers also stand *on* line to buy movie tickets.

    I grew up in Manhattan, so do not have the accent most people associate with New York. Actually, the Bronx and Brooklyn/Queens have their own accents. Don't get me started on Long Island. Eh-o moy Gowad! Funny, I went to school in Alfred, NY, about 90 minutes south of Buffalo. They say "pop," not "soda." I always got a kick out of that.

    If you're in to this sort of thing, check out this study:
    http://cfprod01.imt.uwm.edu/Dept/FLL...lect/maps.html Check out #77, choice C. LOL

    Anyway:

    Colorado - cah-lah-RAH-dao
    Florida - FLOOR-ih-dah
    orange - ornge (pretty much one syllable)
    coffee - COUGH-ee
    milk - melk
    radiator - RAY-dee-ay-der
    roof - roof (as in boot, not woof)
    process - PRAH-sess
    Kathy - KA-thee (like cat)
    Karen - KEHR-in

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    Nanook, what a mix! From NYC, Florida & orange, would be Flahr-ida & Ah-ringe. In Buffalo, it would Floor-ida & Oor-inge. yet, coffee in NYC is Cough-ee and more like Co-fee in Buffalo. it gets switched. My wife, who is from Jamestown area, says melk. Why? there's no 'e' in it! Now cat in Buffalo is pronounced like care, so both Katy & Karen have that carebear siund. No Canadians have participated, so you don't get the long 'o' in process.

    I thought the 'pop' & 'soda' thing was funny. So was ordering a meatball 'hero', versus 'sub'. And why is a strawberry shortcake a biscuit with starwberries and juice in Buffalo, while being a real cake in NYC?

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    Some of the words I don't even know how you could pronounce them but one way. ?? I mean...milk?? M-I-L-K is...milk.

    Colorado...Cah-lo-rah-do
    Oregon...Or-i-gun
    Florida...Flah-ri-dah
    orange...Ah-ringe
    coffee...caw-fee
    milk...err...milk... lol What other way is there?
    radiator...ray-dee-ay-tor
    roof...rue-f
    process...prah-cess
    Kathy...um...Kathy ??
    Karen...Kare-ren

    Sub and drink or soda here. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] And "y'all" (yawl). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    I know in PA people say "radd-i-ator"...and instead of "it needs to be painted" its "it needs painted." And you " re'd up the house" meaning clean it up.

    Is it New York-ese to say "boughten" instead of "bought"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (PlantAKiss @ Nov. 09 2005,4:04)]milk...err...milk... lol What other way is there?
    MILLk as in "wind mill"
    and
    MELk as in Mel's diner.


    Scot

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