Pronunciation Guide

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Postby jdb1 » August 11th, 2008, 8:23 am

Hey, Klonny, did you see the NY Times article on Bellows Falls last week? I posted it on "A Propos of Nothing." Just wondering what you thought of the article, and what you think of the apparent Yuppification of the place. Actually, the descriptions make me want to visit, but I'm no Yuppie, so I won't expect to be served any skim soy milk triple-shot macchiatos with room.

And I'm still not sure what a macchiato is. Real Brooklyn Italians don't drink frou-frou drinks. (Gimme a Schlitz, Goombah.)

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Postby klondike » August 12th, 2008, 8:12 pm

Trust me, Jude, neither do us B-F'ers, either!
Dawn til mid afternoon, the Falls is a 40-weight, diner-class jamoke town, occasionally subbing some strong iced coffe in high Summer (unless you're growing gills in August, like this year); once the sun's past the yard arm, the village's 5 saloons are up & crankin', and the only ones drinking Juan Valdez's finest after that are the bartenders, the truckers & the cops.
Loved the article though; especially when it got around to quoting Robert McBride, who owns the building I rent for my company's office, and is almost entirely too nice a human being to even be a landlord; imagine a character halfway between Truman Capote at his gentlest, and Thornton Wilder at his most sardonic . . that's our Robert!
Don't you worry about them Yups, though; every 5 or 6 years they make a run at "converting" our quirky little hamlet, but as eccentric and artistic and culture-loving as we genuinely are, this always has been, likely always will be, a working-man's kind of town, with little patience for snobbish dilletantes.
Those we send down-river to Brattleboro! :wink:

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Postby jdb1 » August 13th, 2008, 8:36 am

I like the sound of it. Kinda like Brooklyn As Was (but probably with a different accent).

I'm looking for a place to settle after I retire (soon please, Lord, soon). I'm concerned that I'm not going to be able to afford to live in NYC, the way things seem to be progressing here.

And I prefer Winter to Summer; no Florida Early Bird Specials for me. Besides, I don't look good in a baseball cap or shorts, I hate white sneakers, and I don't like sitting on plastic beach chairs. A warm room with a TV, a stove and a fridge, some good books by mail order, and a few interesting people to talk with now and then; that's all I ask.

I'm putting Bellows Falls on the list.

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Postby knitwit45 » August 13th, 2008, 9:30 am

Well, move over, 'cause it's on my list, too! Wait a minute.... I HATE winter. Could we move it down south just a little bit? Think anyone would notice? Guess it's Arizona for me!
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Postby jdb1 » August 13th, 2008, 12:10 pm


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Postby klondike » August 13th, 2008, 12:43 pm


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Postby jdb1 » August 13th, 2008, 3:02 pm

I was also interested to see in the Times article that eccentric Wall Street speculator-millionairess-miser Hetty Green spent time in BF, since her husband was a native. Is there anything still extant that commemorates her presence?

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Postby knitwit45 » August 13th, 2008, 4:05 pm

Judith, should I pack my bags now??? I agree, no unabombercabin.... as long as there's a fireplace and a front porch...I might be able to over-winter (But somebody else has to go out for groceries and mail)

Klonnie, since Bungalow is my favorite style, and I grew up with a front porch that was the gathering place for all the neighbors.....I'm ready! It sounds like my quirky personality will fit right in....
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Postby knitwit45 » August 14th, 2008, 2:14 pm

Remember Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein"? He insisted it was "Frahhh-kenstine"
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Postby melwalton » August 16th, 2008, 7:27 pm

I think the 'CORRECT" pronunciation is thee one chosen by the individual. Of course it doesn't always take
Fred MACmurray was almost always called MICKmurray.
The moguls pronounced their name SKENK, not Shenk
I still hear D trick and ColBERT.
I like Wodehouse Mapledurham pronounced Mum
Very good topic. .... mel

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Re: Pronunciation Guide

Postby CoffeeDan » June 26th, 2018, 10:02 pm

I just tracked down a tough one -- Katina Paxinou, Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (1943).

From several sources, her name is pronounced ka-TEE-na pa-SEE-noo.

PS: Hard to believe I started that pronunciation thread on the TCM boards 10 years ago. Don't even know if it's still there or not . . .

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Re: Pronunciation Guide

Postby CoffeeDan » July 18th, 2018, 4:42 pm

Not too long ago, I was listening to a classic movie podcast (not named to protect the guilty) where the name of Anita Loos was consistently mispronounced as "loose." Back in 1936, Ms. Loos wrote a poem for The Literary Digest in which she lamented that her name was mispronounced "loose" and said it rhymes with "dose."

I got this backed up from Anita's grandnephew Rob Loos, when he stayed at the hotel where I worked at the time. As I was checking him in, he said he was surprised that I pronounced his name correctly! (He hears "loose" a lot, too!) But that has its benefits -- he and his family can always tell the "outsiders" by the way they pronounce the family name, which is Dutch in origin.

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Re: Pronunciation Guide

Postby CoffeeDan » August 29th, 2019, 10:18 am

One of my favorite character actors is Tully Marshall, and I found out I've been mispronouncing his name all these years. His first name, that is.

Like a lot of other people, I pronounced it TULL-lee. But when he introduced himself in THE SHOW OF SHOWS (1929), he pronounced his first name as TOO-lee.

I stand corrected (and you should, too).


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