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Massachusetts vs. Massatusetts

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Massachusetts vs. Massatusetts

Postby KGalvan » Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:58 pm

I'm from rural and urban Texas and say Massatusetts. I was told the "correct" way to pronounce it was Massachusetts. However, I know other people from the South and West who also prounce it Massatusetts. On the other hand, some people I know from the South and West and everyone I know from the North pronounce it Massachusetts. Is there really a "correct" way to pronounce this or is it just like any other Yankee/Southern word with a differerent pronunciation?
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Postby gailr » Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:28 pm

I've lived in various states and have never heard this pronounced other than "Massachusetts". Who told you it was correct to...kind of...lisp it?

I do raise my eyebrows at old timers in these-here parts who say "Huh-WYE-yuh" for "Hawaii".

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Postby Bailey » Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:46 pm

this reminds me of the substitution in many many dialects and accents of English that say f for th of ph, I think, when hearing it is it laziness or custom? Or should I say I fink is it laziness or custom?

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MassaCHusetts

Postby tess » Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:11 pm

It is never correct to say "MassaTUsetts". The 'ch' is pronounced as spelled. It has nothing to do with Yankee vs. Southern pronunciation.
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