[LMB] Reading and OT: homographs/homoglyphs/homonyms

Peter H. Granzeau pgranzeau at cox.net
Sat, 14 Dec 2002 22:53:29 -0500


At 18:43 12/14/2002 -0800, Meg Justus wrote:

>Don't know if the Berlin in Ohio (pronounced Burr'-lin) got repronounced for
>that reason, but I kind of doubt it, given that it's in the heart of the
>largest Amish community in the country -- and the Amish still speak a form
>of German amongst themselves.
>
>How about Ver-sales', Indiana (Versailles)?

Numbers of US towns have names not pronounced the way the original is 
pronounced.   A couple from Indiana that stuck in my mind:  PEE-roo (Peru), 
and MY-lan (Milan).  And I can still remember the conductor on the Monon RR 
calling out the next station:  "LAY-fee-et" (Lafayette).

-- 
Regards, Pete
pgranzeau at cox.net