Friday, April 28, 2006

How ta tawk in Wiskinzin

There are just some Wisconsin-related words that people butcher: Chequamegon forest, Lake Butte des Morts, Lac Courte Oreilles tribe and even Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

So radio reporter Jackie Johnson decided she was tired of it and wanted to give newcomers, tourists and even natives a resource to find the correct pronunciation. She recently started the Web site http://misspronouncer.com.

"They can't be expected to know. It's not their fault," said Johnson, a capitol reporter for Wisconsin Radio Network. "But there is nowhere to go."

By the way, it's shee-WAM'-eh-gehn forest, Lake BEWD'-eh-moore, lak-COOT-o-ray tribe and Madison Mayor Dave ches-LEV'-ich.

Johnson, who has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, said she has worked in radio for years and was embarrassed when she mispronounced words and didn't know where to go to get it right.

The site has recordings of her pronouncing Wisconsin's 190 cities, 400 villages, and 1,260 towns. She also pronounces names of judges, famous Wisconsin people, like Brett Favre, state officials and legislators. She even recorded some of them pronouncing their own names.

"If they tell me the wrong pronunciation, it's not my fault," she said.

2 comments:

yellowdog granny said...

AHH WE HAVE HAD 'HOW TO TALK TEXAN' BOOKS FOR YEARS. IM FIXING TO READ ONE NOW..

dom said...

There was a funny story a few years back ,where foreign doctors in Yorkshire hospitals and clinics were given pamphlets explaining Yorkshires phrases.They were confused to the dialect and usage of terminology.
.....

1. addle to earn
2. clart to smear
3. nieve fist
4. gawp to stare
5. rive to tear
6. forkin-robber an earwig
7. brussen full of food (but in some parts can mean ‘pompous’, self-important’)
8. brandrith iron pan grid
9. wemmly wobbly
10. nang troublesome, painful
11. nesh delicate, squeamish
12. cronked crouched, huddled up
13. ailment illness
14. ‘appen perhaps, maybe
15 storken to set, stiffen