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  •  Treh-mont (1+ / 0-)
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    I've lived in Boston for 51 years, and I've heard natives pronounce "Faneuil Hall" every imaginable way, but I have never yet heard one utter "Tree-mont street".

    As for "common", common land is a typidal feature of New England towns, and so far as I know the local common land is usually called "the common" although usage might differ in other parts of New England. I believe the use of the plural "commons" is a later development, since the first use of the singular form date early Middle English.

    Another Boston shibboleth is the name the town just south of Boston: Quincy. It's not "Quin-see" it's "Quinzee".

    True story, I've had kung-fu friends hear the town "Woburn" mentioned on the radio, and wonder why they're talking about Jet Li's wushu teacher (Wu Bin).

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:46:01 PM PST

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    •  A lot of people are calling it Treemont these days (0+ / 0-)

      My parents are natives, and they, too, call it Treh-mont, as do I, even though I didn't grow up here.

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:35:02 PM PST

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