Friday, August 10, 2018

5 American Places I've Been Saying All Wrong | Distant Words

Americaa nation that, to this very day, bears the fingerprints of the very people and cultures who helped to build it. Sometimes those fingerprints come in the form of food, technology, or entertainment, and sometimes in the form of place names.

That's right; American place namesbe they those of states, cities, villages, streets, or unincorporated towns with a population of 4… chickens... often give us a linguistic clue to their cultural beginnings, from Native American, to African, Hispanic to European. 

With all this nomenclatural diversity, then, it's hardly surprising that I, a Brit, have been horribly mispronouncing many of them for the past 36 years. 

With the aid of a record-breakingly detailed list sent to me by Jim Green in Rockford, IL, here is a video documenting five such instances, with plenty more in the pipeline.






Laurence Brown is a British writer and YouTuber who somehow convinced the city of Chicago to let him in. He is an English Language graduate from Lancaster University and a passionate word etymologist, with a particular interest in British and American neologisms. Since moving to the United States, he has become increasingly curious about Britain's historical influence on American culture and about America in general.

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