Names/places you pronounce wrong


Earning My Ears
Sep 30, 2020
I just realized I missed the name or place name part of the topic. Sorry! I don't know any Yolks (ha) but I do know a guy whose name is Wolf. Plus there's Wolf Van Halen.
Oct 23, 2015
I probably shared this before but I found this several years ago--the city I live in is featured in there and people do often get it wrong; there are a few cities that are hard even for us who live in the state (decent number have Native American origins).

  • Joined
    Oct 23, 2015
    I can’t say names Rory or Aurora. Something about the R in those types of words.
    Rory I can usually say but Aurora I have a hard time with. I think you're right with the R's it may be because the R's aren't separated from each other much. For whatever reason if I say "Princess Aurora" (meaning Disney which is where my mind always connects the name with lol) I'm not tripped up as much but if I just try to say "Aurora" yup back to getting tripped up.


    Question anything the facts don't support.
    Dec 15, 2003
    same with Sean. Always read it as seen as a kid.
    Geoff too. Is it Jeff or Jawff? For the first time I know someone who pronounces it Jeff. When to primary school with a kid who pronounced it Jawff.

    Is Corinne pronounced Cor-rin or Cor- reen? I work with a Cor-rin, every other Corrine I have known pronounced it Cor-reen.


    DIS Veteran
    Feb 18, 2012
    Not me but my husband cannot say the name Eric and it drives me crazy. He says it Ear-ick
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    DIS Veteran
    May 30, 2017
    Geoff too. Is it Jeff or Jawff? For the first time I know someone who pronounces it Jeff. When to primary school with a kid who pronounced it Jawff.
    Right?! It think it is widely considered Jeff. But I still read it as jee off.
  • Shelley Chiarats

    May 27, 2008
    I mispronounce the chicken fast food place Popeye's. I say it with the accent on the pop eye's. But most say pipe eye's.
  • penn19

    DIS Veteran
    Aug 24, 2007
    Tough question, if a person knew they pronounced a thing wrong wouldn't they correct it and, therefore, stop being wrong?

    Just sayin, caught me in a loop for a few beats lol ;)
    my dad says wuhter for water and ruff for roof.

    my mom recently said kahmahlah for Kamala.

    I’m sure there’s more I might think of later.

    edit: maybe it’s more like. Wooder :)
    must be from Philly?


    WDW Apprentice
    Oct 20, 2015
    Irish names leave most english speakers scratching their head.

    My favorite is Caoimhe. It's often pronounced Kiva or kinda like Kaweeva. Come across it once in a while in NJ and never remember how to pronounce it. Caoimhe, the feminine of Kevin.

    No outsiders ever pronounce our county or city of Passaic correct. It's Piss-ache.
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    fly girl

    DIS Veteran
    Jan 20, 2012
    I work in the loan dept, and for the longest time I was talking to people about the their Chevrolet Traverse pronounced like the city in Michigan instead of the way you pronounce the word "traverse" :sad2:
    But I bet you can pronounce Ypsilanti and Charlevoix! :D

    And for non-Michiganders, the city of Charlotte, MI is not pronounced like Shar-Lit in Charlotte's Web or Charlotte, NC. No no no, in Michigan the city is pronounced, Shar-LOT. You will get a side glance if you say Shar-Lit. LOL


    DIS veteran
    Feb 12, 2009
    Prescott, AZ

    It's not press-cot, but press-cuht.

    We were corrected on this when we went to visit there a few years ago.
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    DIS Veteran
    Apr 8, 2015
    How on earth did they come up with that pronunciation with that spelling.
    same with Sean. Always read it as seen as a kid.
    Seamus is the Irish form of James.
    Sean is the Irish form of John.

    Those two are fairly common and well known, but there are many names from the Irish Gaelic or Scottish Gaelic languages that are pronounced nothing like they look to English speakers.



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