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#6944 - 01/06/07 08:57 AM What's the pronunciation?
Bob M Offline
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Pronunciation: "An act or manner of articulating speech. A way of articulating speech. A phonectic transcription of a word."

Do you think you know the correct pronunciation of the name of every lighthouse you come across or read about? Have you ever wondered if you were pronouncing the name correctly? Sometimes only those who live near a particular light know exactly how its name should be pronounced.

I thought it might be interesting to list a lighthouse name, spell out your personal pronunciation phonectically and see whether other forum members agree or not.

I'll start it off with Heceta Head :

I always referred to this lighthouse as "Ha-cee-tah Head". Then one time I heard Kim refer to it as "Hah-sa-tah Head". Pardon my butchering of phonectic spelling, but hopefully you will understand what I'm trying to express phonectically.

Can anyone give the correct pronunciation phonectically? Are there other lighthouse names you've wondered about?

confused Bob confused

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#6945 - 01/06/07 09:29 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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I always said "heh-SIT-uh." But never been completely sure.

One that I think a bunch of people butcher, and I find my duty to correct, is Currituck Beach Light. I many people seem to say "Cyur-IH-tuck." However, the correct pronunciation of the word (in all uses), as pronounced by the locals, is "CURRY-tuck." Think of putting Indian food to bed.

Also, Bodie Island is said "body" not "bodey." Think of dead people instead of the party-boy skier (Bode Miller). Or, alternatively, think of Bode Miller passed out and drunk.

Okay, my little bit of "Pseudo-Banker" education done...
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#6946 - 01/06/07 10:15 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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hah-SEE-tuh although some say HECK-it-tuh
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#6947 - 01/06/07 10:17 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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Seul Choix will be coming soon.

"Say Schwahh"
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#6948 - 01/06/07 10:17 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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As coffee comes out my nose......

Greg, that was funny!!!!!
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#6949 - 01/06/07 10:18 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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My hometown light Fort Gratiot

"GRAH-shut" gra as in "grab"
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#6950 - 01/06/07 10:43 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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John, when I was at Seul Choix, I was told it's pronounced "SiSchwahh." Kinda all ran together. But like everything I guess it depends on who you listen too.
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#6951 - 01/06/07 02:59 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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One of those might be the Yupper Pronunciation, eh?

Either one is closer than "Sewl Choicks"
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#6952 - 01/06/07 08:04 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
Bob M Offline
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Here's somewhat of an odd situation. Which is the correct name for the lighthouse in East Providence, RI, Pomham Rocks or Ponham Rocks? It may have started as a mispronunciation but now there appears to be two separate names for that light. Google both names to see what I mean.

I kept my boat for over a decade across from this light. I was always under the understanding that is was Pomham Rocks, yet many people refer to it at Ponham Rocks.

smile Bob smile

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#6953 - 01/07/07 11:57 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
Bruce and Judy Online
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Loc: Orange County, SoCal
We have visted many of the lighthouses in the state of Washington and one of those is the very beautiful Mukilteo.

I believe the phonetic pronunciation is Ma-kal-tiou, but have always had a difficult time with this lighthouse name.

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#6954 - 01/07/07 02:43 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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muk-el-t-o

The Snohomish Indian name for the point "muckl-el-teo" has endured in English as "Mukilteo". The original meaning was "the neck of a goose", that is, long and narrow, which was the shape of the spit of land that jutted out into the cold waters of Possession Sound. But over time, Muckl-el-teo" came to be known also as "a good camping ground" due to its popularity as a distinctive meeting place. And on March 1, 1906, the Mukilteo Light Station entered service on this spit of land.

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#6955 - 01/07/07 02:55 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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Quote:
muk-el-t-o
And the Expert on this light speaks so no need to debate this one!
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#6956 - 01/07/07 03:39 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
MrsTLC Offline
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Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay, Oregon...
I use to pronounce them Wa-kina and Y-kina but have been told it is A-kina smile

Heceta Head I use to pronounce this one Heck-ta Head but hear others say...A-ceta or Ha-ceta :rolleyes:

You say tomato and I say tomatoe...Let's call the whole thing off.... :p Just had to say this...for those who don't know it's from a very old song.
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#6957 - 01/08/07 04:21 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
kikigl Offline
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Loc: St. Petersburg, Fl., USA
I always get confused by Little Sable and Big Sable. I always thought "Sable" was pronounced
sa-ble, like the animal. But when I went to Michigan, everyone pronounced it sar-ble. What's
up with that?
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#6958 - 01/08/07 05:37 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
ropetrick Offline
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Kay,

Like many places on the Great Lakes the points were named by the French fur traders. Over time some names of the pronunciations have been modified. Locally we sailors say sob-el.

Dan

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#6959 - 01/08/07 06:35 PM Re: What's the pronunciation?
lmyhre Offline
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Loc: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Being a Spanish name, Heceta should be pronounced hay-say-ta although most people say he-see-ta.

Larry

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#6960 - 01/09/07 07:11 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
Cyndi Offline
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What is the pronuciation for Cheboygan?
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#6961 - 01/09/07 08:01 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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She(short e) boy gun. We have Sheboygan here in Wi on Lake Michigan. It is pronounced the same way. wink
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#6962 - 01/09/07 10:52 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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How about Bete Grise in Michigan pronounced BA-TUH GREE

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#6963 - 01/09/07 11:28 AM Re: What's the pronunciation?
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Eric is correct on the pronounciation of Seul Choix. They pronounce it Sis- Shwa. The website also gives the correct pronounciation. smile


How about Point Aux Barques?
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