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Monday, Aug 13, 2018

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The pronunciation guide is here. Rio, by the way, is pronounced “REYE-oh.” They also got Chicago right. It’s pronounced “shi-KAW-go,” not “shi-KAH-go.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

29 Comments
  1. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Always love it when to new radio and TV reporters to the Springfield area, do their first story on New Berlin or Athens.


  2. - City Zen - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:41 pm:

    I hope Rio doesn’t have a Goethe Street.


  3. - Lt Guv - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:45 pm:

    and of course Genoa and Cairo.


  4. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:45 pm:

    How is Chy-Chy Rod-ri-gueez these days?


  5. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:46 pm:

    San Jose has always been one of my favorites. I feel like I should go to a restaurant there and order a Tor-TILL-a


  6. - WhoKnew - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:46 pm:

    I thought it was “shi-KAH-ga”.


  7. - Montrose - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    They get bonus points for getting Vienna right.


  8. - Leatherneck - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:56 pm:

    - Give Me A Break - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Always love it when to new radio and TV reporters to the Springfield area, do their first story on New Berlin or Athens.
    ————–

    How are you supposed to pronounce “New Athens” in St. Clair County? My first guess would be to pronounce the Athens like you would for the Menard County community.


  9. - A Jack - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:58 pm:

    They have Bolivia wrong. It’s pronounced Ba-liv-vee. The “A” at the end is silent. My aunt from Chicago was lost for hours when she can to visit and we told her to turn at “balivee.” She finally called and said she only saw a sign for Bolivia, not “Balivee.”


  10. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:01 pm:

    Leatherneck I think you are correct.


  11. - Leatherneck - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    - Give Me A Break - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Always love it when to new radio and TV reporters to the Springfield area, do their first story on New Berlin or Athens
    —————

    Followed by a news story in Girard, Illiopolis, and then a breaking news story from Sadorus or Fithian. Then a sports story on the latest Teutopolis basketball state tournament run, but the new reporter is unaware of the nickname “T-Town” for the community.

    And in the Peoria area, when a new reporter gets the first news stories from Trivoli (Peoria Co.), Maquon (Knox Co.), Minonk (Woodford Co.), or Manito (Mason Co.). And gets taken to school with “Lewistown” (pronouncing it “Lewis-Town” instead of “Lewis-TON”).


  12. - Vote Quimby - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    My ex is a native of New Berlin….. she said they changed the pronunciation around the time of the Great War. Any chance it will ever revert back to the “right” way?


  13. - Langhorne - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:08 pm:

    I liked the old “bur-BONE-is” for Bourbonnaise

    Schuyler trips up newbies


  14. - Rich Miller - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:09 pm:

    ===I liked the old “bur-BONE-is”===

    Township is still pronounced that way.


  15. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    I recall a Chicago TV news reader yammering once about Pah-TAY Philip.

    Definitely a faux pas, with the foie gras.


  16. - M Python - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:30 pm:

    They don’t have DeKalb right, either. It’s DE Kalb, not duh kalb


  17. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:35 pm:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBoddkkztlg


  18. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:36 pm:

    Will never forget taking a member of a governor’s cabinet on swing through the Mt. Vernon area.

    When I explained how they pronounce the little town of Sandoval down there, I thought the person was going to fall out of the car laughing.


  19. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    ===I liked the old “bur-BONE-is”===

    Township is still pronounced that way.===

    I’m an old, but a friend who grew up there claims that all the old timers used Bur-BONE-es and that you could tell where someone was from in town (which side of the tracks thing) by how they pronounced. Cannot confirm


  20. - Amalia - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 1:52 pm:

    Chi Kah Go and Duh Kalb. hearing that this is wrong makes me believe that I’m not from birth from around, here even though I am.


  21. - Gregory Tejeda - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 2:28 pm:

    Pleased to see they got the pronunciation of Matteson correct. It never fails to amaze me the number of people who not only get it wrong, but persist in arguing that they’re right and it doesn’t matter how one-time Gov. Joel Aldrich Matteson (the village’s namesake) pronounced it.


  22. - Anon221 - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 3:19 pm:

    Lee Roy not luh- Roy. At least it’s always been that way to this graduate.


  23. - City Zen - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 4:07 pm:

    ==I liked the old “bur-BONE-is”==

    I never heard of Burbonnais until they had a Top 40 station in the 1980s: WBUS 99.9 FM The Bus Bradley-Burbonnais. And even then it was the “bur-bone-AY.”


  24. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 4:10 pm:

    –They don’t have DeKalb right, either. It’s DE Kalb, not duh kalb–

    From my experience, the natives are split on that one.


  25. - Mama - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 5:14 pm:

    Maybe they should charge a fine for mispronouncing the name of the city like Joliet does.


  26. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 6:26 pm:

    Also they keep pronouncing Madigan as “Stalin”.


  27. - Deputy Registrar - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 9:21 pm:

    Ask one of them how to say Beaucoup and DuBois.


  28. - Bourbon Street - Monday, Aug 13, 18 @ 10:00 pm:

    I believe the locals pronounce the “Daviess” in Jo Daviess County as “Davis” not “Daveez”


  29. - Lynn S. - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:56 am:

    Folks around Teutopolis lean a little more towards tee-TOHP-uh-lis.

    But mostly they just say T-town.


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