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Oct 21 2010
1 Steven Seagal — (after Chagall; his father's name is simply pronounced ) 40695
2 Brett Favre — 32363
3 Shia LaBeouf — (lə-) 21849
4 Quebec, Canada — (alongside anglicized ) 18130
5 New Orleans — or (local pronunciation only) 14984
6 Illinois — 14663
7 Nevada — ; the pronunciation , while fairly common (particularly in the eastern United States), is stigmatized locally. 8262
8 Arkansas — (). However, Arkansas City, Kansas is pronounced (), as is the Arkansas River to many Kansans. 6845
9 Laurence Olivier — <!-- French would’ve been /oliˈvje/ --> 5724
10 William Butler Yeats — 5078
11 Tucson, Arizona — 4242
12 Des Moines, Iowa — , Des Moines, Washington — , (cf. Des Plaines, Illinois ) 4129
13 Cary Elwes — () 3821
14 Matt Groening — 3718
15 David Icke — 3654
16 John Donne, poet — 3475
17 Bill Nighy — 3264
18 Boise, Idaho — (this is the standard local pronunciation, but most Americans, especially those far removed from Idaho, pronounce it ) 3174
19 Jim Bakker — 3025
20 Jonathan Toews — 2985
21 Worcester, Massachusetts — 2294
22 Patti Scialfa — () 2109
23 Aaron Copland — 2100
24 Puget Sound, Washington — () 2022
25 Greenwich, Connecticut and Greenwich Village in New York City — 1766
26 Robert Mapplethorpe — 1678
27 Stephen Curry — , instead of the more common (in American English) 1621
28 Plano, Texas — () 1440
29 Plymouth, Massachusetts and elsewhere — () 1380
30 Lima, Ohio — 1358
31 Schlumberger — (shlum-bər-) <!-- An Anglicized, Frenchified German name --> 1352
32 Samuel Pepys — 1311
33 Kelowna, British Columbia — <!--(formerly pronounced ) - SEZ WHO? Not that I've ever heard--> 1300
34 Chynna Phillips — 1274
35 Worcester — 1257
36 Terre Haute, Indiana — (also ) 1249
37 Vallejo, California — , locally 1190
38 Ojai, California — 1088
39 Mount Kosciuszko, Australia — 1070
40 Lou Piniella — () 1033
41 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — , , or 1004
42 Gloucester, Massachusetts —. 974
43 Yakima, Yakima County, and Yakima River, Washington — (), though the pronunciation is also heard. The Native American people for whom the river, city, and county are named now prefer the spelling Yakama. 961
44 Ameche (Don & Alan) — () (Anglicized spelling of the Italian name "Amici") 919
45 Wynonna Judd — () 860
46 Quincy, Massachusetts — 858
47 Clifford Geertz — 804
48 Aberdeen, Washington — stressed on the first syllable (), unlike Aberdeen, Scotland, which is stressed on the final syllable 795
49 Laura Nyro — 780
50 Etobicoke, Ontario — 743
51 Junior Seau — () 726
52 Pawtucket, Rhode Island — () 714
53 Zzyzx, California — () 674
54 Moog — 623
55 Nacogdoches, Texas — 575
56 Elgin, Illinois — vs. Elgin, Texas 562
57 Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts — 562
58 Lodi, California, and elsewhere in US — 555
59 Antawn Jamison — (American English pronunciation of "Antoine". For more information, see the section on his name.) 554
60 Monta Ellis — () 553
61 Wein, Weiner — often and <!-- either Wiener was misspelled Weiner, or pronunciation was changed to avoid sounding like whine/whiner? --> 544
62 Marlborough — 535
63 Willamette River, Oregon — () 529
64 Duarte, California — 525
65 Keir Dullea — (də-) 519
66 Pierre, South Dakota — 519
67 Bowie, Maryland — 517
68 Dan Cortese — 506
69 Darrell Issa — () 498
70 Lafayette in Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee — vs. the cities in Indiana and Louisiana that are pronounced , approximating the original French 498
71 Beaufort, South Carolina — vs. of Beaufort, North Carolina 496
72 Bothell, Washington — 489
73 Isla Vista, California - 483
74 The Dalles, Oregon — 467
75 Peter Agre — () [link] 465
76 Herman Wouk — 423
77 Natchitoches, Louisiana — 420
78 Woburn, Massachusetts — , Woburn, Bedfordshire and Woburn, Toronto are simply 415
79 Lompoc, California — 413
80 Haverhill, Massachusetts — 409
81 Bexar, Texas — or 397
82 Eli Broad — 395
83 Bossier City, Louisiana — 386
84 Strait of Juan de Fuca — 377
85 Lauren Tewes — 375
86 Lake Oswego, Oregon — 362
87 Valdez, Alaska — 357
88 Duke of Buccleuch — (bə-) 356
89 Bill Veeck — 346
90 Walter Bagehot — 345
91 Delhi, Ontario — 343
92 El Dorado, Arkansas, El Dorado, Kansas, El Dorado Springs, Missouri, and Eldorado, Illinois — 337
93 Mount Desert Island, Maine— to add to the confusing pronunciation of desert and dessert 334
94 Port Hueneme, California - 320
95 Peabody, Massachusetts — , not 313
96 Picabo Street — 312
97 Leominster, Massachusetts — 308
98 Puyallup, Washington — () 304
99 Palestine, Texas — (cf Palestine 299
100 David Lange — () 296
101 Terri Schiavo — () vs. regular Mary Schiavo . 296
102 Billerica, Massachusetts — 287
103 Mary Renault — () <!--Probably not odd enough--> 283
104 Kearney, Nebraska and Kearny, New Jersey — 283
105 Havre de Grace, Maryland — 267
106 Orcas Island, Washington — (not , like the plural of orca) 264
107 Lisa Rieffel — (rə-) 258
108 Karch Kiraly — (kirr-) 257
109 Newark, Ohio — vs. Newark, New Jersey vs. Newark, Delaware 253
110 Kosciusko, Mississippi — 252
111 McLean, MacLean — , occasionally its anglicised equivalent (rhymes with "clean") 252
112 Lebanon, New Hampshire — 250
113 Andre Dubus — (də-) 249
114 Tulare, California — or 249
115 Rhys — 248
116 Thibodaux, Louisiana — () 243
117 Tsawwassen, British Columbia — 240
118 Boerne, Texas — 237
119 John Boozman — 236
120 Elizabethton, Tennessee -- 233
121 Havre, Montana — 232
122 Yreka, California — () 231
123 DuBois, Pennsylvania — or vs. the surname, which is sometimes 229
124 Ouray, Colorado — 224
125 Lewes, Delaware — 223
126 Tualatin, Oregon, Tualatin River — 223
127 Tewksbury, Massachusetts — traditionally 215
128 Quesnel, British Columbia — 205
129 Osoyoos, British Columbia — () or and (originally) 202
130 Bellefontaine, Ohio — 200
131 Point Mugu, California - 195
132 La Grande, Oregon — 195
133 Youghiogheny River, U.S. — () 192
134 Louisville, Colorado, Louisville, Georgia, Louisville, Ohio — vs. Louisville, Kentucky , locally or even 185
135 Iselin, New Jersey — 178
136 Patricia Wrede — 178
137 Todd Tiahrt — 178
138 MacLeod, McLeod — 171
139 Duke of Abercorn — () 171
140 Jason Chaffetz — [link] 167
141 Nahant, Massachusetts — 166
142 Robert Fulghum — (<small>FULL</small>-jəm) 163
143 Hereford, Texas and Hereford, Pennsylvania — 158
144 Dalyell and Dalziel (as in the UK television series Dalziel and Pascoe) — (dee-) 155
145 Menzies — () 155
146 Hamilton Jordan — 152
147 Marin Mazzie — () 150
148 Kosciusko County, Indiana — 148
149 Fotheringay — pronounced funghy 148
150 La Plata, Maryland — 148
151 New Madrid, Missouri — (accent on first syllable) 147
152 Ironton, Ohio — 146
153 Tooele, Utah — () 145
154 Ralph — traditionally , as with Ralph Fiennes, Ralph Vaughan Williams; now usually the intuitive 145
155 Rob Kearney - (Pronounced as 'Carney') 141
156 Thames River in Ontario, and town and firth in New Zealand — (the Thames River in Connecticut is pronounced ) 141
157 Burien, Washington — 139
158 Buena Vista, Colorado, Buena Vista, Oregon, Buena Vista, Virginia, Buena Vista, Shelby County, Texas — 138
159 Hockessin, Delaware — 136
160 Steve Buyer — () 134
161 Belen, New Mexico — 133
162 Neah Bay, Washington — 133
163 Culzean Castle, Scotland — () 132
164 Poulsbo, Washington — () 131
165 Lamesa, Texas — 131
166 John Keble (of Keble College) — 130
167 Lange — usually 128
168 Nenana, Alaska and Nenana River — 128
169 Pass Christian, Mississippi — or (cf. the regular pronunciation of "Christian", ) 122
170 Tok, Alaska — 116
171 Kirk Rueter — () 115
172 Poughkeepsie, New York — () 115
173 Karen Sillas — () 114
174 Berlin, Connecticut, New Berlin, Illinois, Berlin, New Hampshire, New Berlin, New York, Berlin, Ohio, Berlin, Wisconsin, and New Berlin, Wisconsin — (stress on first syllable) 113
175 Hurricane, Utah, Hurricane, West Virginia and Hurricane, Mississippi — (The ending is standard in the British pronunciation of hurricane, but not in American English) 112
176 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario/ Michigan — 109
177 Weiser, Idaho — 105
178 John Lescroart — (les-) 103
179 Elizabeth Goudge — () 103
180 Baron Strange — , as in Lord Strange's Men 102
181 Isle au Haut, Maine — 100
182 Yachats, Oregon — () 98
183 Leicester, Massachusetts — 97
184 Arab, Alabama — 97
185 Wahkiakum County, Washington — 97
186 Deschutes River, Oregon, and Deschutes River, Washington — 96
187 Tal(l)iaferro — 95
188 Stouffville, Ontario — () 94
189 Sechelt, British Columbia — 94
190 Thomas Carew, poet — ; compare with the more intuitive (kə-), as in John Carew (footballer) and Rod Carew 91
191 Kiki Cuyler — (); compare with the more common (), as in Kiki Dee and Kiki Vandeweghe 88
192 Gruene, Texas — 87

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