January 4, 2008

Random Thoughts

For some reason (perhaps the pain medication I am on is doing this to me), I was thinking about how words are pronounced differently in different places. When I was a child, I was surprised to hear my great-aunt in Utah pronounce Weber's Bread as "Weeber's" when I knew it was supposed to be "Webbers". How about my home town of Camarillo, the end of which is pronounced "rio", and Amarillo, Texas, which rhymes with armadillo? And Salinas, California ("saleenas") as opposed to Salina, Michigan (with a long "i")? (Oh, that reminds me of how I started thinking about all this: someone from Salinas, California, was visiting my blog. Hi there!)

Recently I was watching a TV show on the DIY network. The Australian host was commenting that here in the States we call wood "lumber" while in Australia they call it "timber", but the trees themselves are called "timber" in the US and "lumber" down under. He was asked what they say in Australia when a tree falls? Here we would say "timber!" According to him, they say "RUN!"

Our house is too quiet now that everyone has left after the holidays. The last two days I had the house to myself as the rest of the family took E back to basic training. I was sick and spent most of the time napping, so I feel as if I didn't get to really take advantage of the quiet, but on the other hand, it was nice to be able to just nap and not worry about taking care of anyone but me and the animals.

Till next time...

3 comments:

  1. Salina, KS.. Long I.

    Here in IN they have some strange pronounciations too.
    Galveston, IN.. is NOT pronounced like the one in TX. It's Gal-Vest-On (like Gal (with a) vest-on.

    Peru- "P" (like saying the letter) then "roo". I refuse that & say Peru like the country.

    Chili... not like the soup but Chi (long I)-lie (long I/telling a fib)

    Language is SO interesting! :)

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  2. Anonymous9:28 AM

    My mother went to high school in Nevada, Iowa. They pronounce it Neh-vay-da (long A) rather than Neh-vah-da.

    She always said that when people asked where she was from, they probably thought she was mis-pronouncing the state's name.

    I would think that the city in Iowa probably existed before the state and wonder what they were both named after.

    Debbie

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  3. Anonymous11:44 AM

    Indiana has a couple more.
    Vevay = VeeVee

    Russiaville is ROOSHA-ville. Not Russia as in the Soviet Union.

    A lot of our towns & counties are Indian words too.

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