John Cowan wrote:
> Nicholas Bodley scripsit:
> > There was a report this morning on National Public Radio from Hamtramck,
> > Mich. Surely enough, it was consistently [mis]pronounced "Hamtramick"...
> I only knew one person (now dead) who lived there, but he *did*
> say "Hamtramick", so perhaps that's correct, or at least acceptable.
> My next-door neighbor broke me of saying "Lou-eez-i-an-a" like a Yankee
> (even though I am one) and inculcated "Looz-i-an-a". And how many people
> (Hi, clsn!) know that Pierre, South Dakota is pronounced "Peer"?

There are so many of these. I once asked a woman
where she was from. She said, "Loovul." Later I
discovered that this is the city I've always known as
Louisville (Kentucky).

I remember reading some book back in college which
said that the locals in Niagra Falls refer to it as Nuffles,
although I've never heard this in the wild.

--Ph. D.