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Old 02 April 2018, 04:51 PM
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Who knew? This is from The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ontana/556940/

I can only think of two ways to pronounce "Maryland": Mer-land and Mer-a-land

You folks in Maine have it easy!
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Old 02 April 2018, 04:58 PM
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I can only think of two ways to pronounce "Maryland": Mer-land and Mer-a-land
Not "Mare-a-land"?
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Old 02 April 2018, 05:07 PM
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OK, three. I guess that's how I say it except I don't emphasize the A.

I've heard it said that this state has no accent, but I beg to differ because there is a distinct Baltimore accent.
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Old 02 April 2018, 05:26 PM
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I've heard Brits pronounce it the way it's spelled, that is "Mary Land". But any Real American knows that's completely wrong.
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Old 02 April 2018, 05:56 PM
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What about Mer-ih-lind?
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Old 02 April 2018, 06:01 PM
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I'm pretty sure I pronounced Oregon correctly even before I moved here. I think it is strange to pronounce the last syllable as "gone." It seems as unnatural to me as saying "mish-i-GAN," with the a as in "and" would be.

If I were advising someone on how to pronounce Oregon orrectly, I would say it's very close to how most Americans pronounce "organ." You just kind of extend the first syllable a little. I've seen bumper stickers sold here with "Orygun" on them which I've never understood. That represents neither the correct not the typical incorrect pronunciation.
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Old 02 April 2018, 06:40 PM
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The weirdest way I've ever heard "Oregon" pronounced was in the 90s when Roseburg made the CBS Evening News after a section of I-5 collapsed.

Bob Scheiffer pronounced it as "Are-E-Gun."
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Old 02 April 2018, 07:14 PM
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This isn't a place, exactly*, but the mention of the news broadcast reminded me of this. The announcer on the local public radio station last Saturday morning was obviously brand new, because she kept completely mispronouncing the name of one of their sponsors, New Helvetia Brewing. It's pronounced "hel-VEE-sha". She kept pronouncing it "hel-VET-i-a", sort of like the font.

*Well, it is named after an historical place. It's the name of the original settlement founded by John Sutter where present day Sacramento is located.
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Old 02 April 2018, 07:34 PM
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It's the name of the original settlement founded by John Sutter where present day Sacramento is located.
It's also the Latin name for Switzerland, hence the CH country code (for Confoederatio Helvetica).

The part of New York I'm from is properly pronounced 'lawn-GUY-land".
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Old 02 April 2018, 07:37 PM
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It's also the Latin name for Switzerland, hence the CH country code (for Confoederatio Helvetica).
Well that would be Old Helvetia, though.
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Old 02 April 2018, 10:28 PM
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TV news reporter last Saturday pronounced Mankato MN as man cat oh
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Old 02 April 2018, 10:45 PM
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You folks in Maine have it easy!
I expect in Maine they've got some other shibboleths that can have the same effect.

And, by the way: probably everybody can pronounce New York. But, if you're running for office anywhere around Rochester NY, do you know how to pronounce Chili?
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Old 02 April 2018, 10:52 PM
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And, by the way: probably everybody can pronounce New York.
Nyark?

And yes, in Maine it was sometimes pronounced as two syllables, up north (Muh-ain.)
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Old 03 April 2018, 12:29 AM
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Only correct way is homonym of Merlin.
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Old 03 April 2018, 12:53 AM
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Where I grew up, outside Akron in NE Ohio, the name of the state is pronounced oh-hi-oh: long o, long i, long o. In some other parts of the state, it's pronounced uh-hi-ya: schwa sound, long i, schwa sound. Around Newark, OH in the SE, you used to see bumper stickers that said "Ahm from Nurk Aha"
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Old 03 April 2018, 01:16 AM
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An accepted (but incorrect) alternative is Marilyn.
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Old 03 April 2018, 01:23 AM
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When I coordinated our university's study abroad programs, one site was in Ireland, and a representative from the host institution came to speak to students. He consistently pronounced the country's name "ARE-land." I didn't go on that trip but if I had, I would have offended the locals.
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Old 03 April 2018, 02:25 AM
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Itís not quite the same thing, but thereís a little disagreement regarding the pronunciation of the town Durant. The locals pronounce it as Doo-rant, but everyone else in the state refers to it as Der-rant. I donít know why this is. I can understand why everyone in my state, when they talk about Miami, OK, they will refer to it as My-am-a, while if they are talking about the city in Florida, they use the traditional pronunciation, but I donít know why thereís that whole thing about Durant.
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Old 03 April 2018, 02:35 AM
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Marilyn is the preferred pronunciation only if you're telling that worn out line about Lincoln and Kennedy.
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Old 03 April 2018, 05:41 AM
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I got excited to tell the one point I could contribute to this argument to only find me partially kneecapped by the article in the OP.

Missouri in 2000 or 2004 had a situation where a politician running for Senate or House pronounced the state as Misoury, not Mizzouruh. And that became the focal point of the campaign against him.

Other than that, I have nothing to contribute.
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