Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Conversation

FLG: We haven't visited The Sartorialist in a while.

FLG: True.

FLG: Okay. Weird. Weird. Kinda cool. Interesting. Weird.

FLG: Hmmm...Houston St. Weird.

FLG: Wait a second. Did you pronounce it Hue-stun street? Are you a fucking tourist now?

FLG: Sorry, I know it's How-stun street. It's much like how I know French, but have to stop my self from saying Fah-kade everytime I see the word facade.

FLG: Alright, but don't let that shit happen again.


Withywindle said...

I didn't know the correct pronunication until college, and I was born in New York City. I still find it unnatural.

Anonymous said...

How do you pronounce Van Gogh?

Mrs. P

FLG said...

"How do you pronounce Van Gogh?"

The correct way.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear what would jenjis kahn say?

Mrs. P

Andrew Stevens said...

At least there appears to be a good reason for the different pronunciation. (It was apparently named after somebody who really did pronounce his name that way, rather than after Sam Houston who didn't.) The town of Berlin, Connecticut stresses the first syllable instead of the second and, since it was named after the German city, there is no good reason for this.

Anonymous said...

Of course, being from Kentucky, where the towns include Versailles (pronounced "Vur-SALES") and Athens (with a long A), I can't gripe about anyone's phonetic idiosyncracies.

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