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Places in Maryland that are often pronounced wrong

The Abingdon branch of the Harford County Library is a popular spot for residents. Ou-of-towners struggle with pronouncing the name though. It's not like Abington in Pennsylvania. Emphasize the beginning of the word when you say "ABB-ing-dun"
(Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Places in Maryland that are often pronounced wrong

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From Taneytown to Thames Street, here's a rundown of Mayland locales that are commonly mispronounced — either by out-of-towners or through our own accents here in Bawlmer.
(Sean Welsh)
Abingdon
The Abingdon branch of the Harford County Library is a popular spot for residents. Ou-of-towners struggle with pronouncing the name though. It's not like Abington in Pennsylvania. Emphasize the beginning of the word when you say "ABB-ing-dun"
The Abingdon branch of the Harford County Library is a popular spot for residents. Ou-of-towners struggle with pronouncing the name though. It's not like Abington in Pennsylvania. Emphasize the beginning of the word when you say "ABB-ing-dun" (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Aliceanna Street
Just think of this street name in Baltimore as two names in one and you'll be find with pronouncing it: "Alice-Anna"
Just think of this street name in Baltimore as two names in one and you'll be find with pronouncing it: "Alice-Anna" (CHRIS DETRICK / Baltimore Sun)
Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County is a pretty simple pronunciation for locals, but from an outsider's perspective, it could go a couple of different ways. Disney's Frozen-based kingdom of Arendelle — NOT a similar pronunciation. The first word is simple. The second word is "UH-run-dull."
Anne Arundel County is a pretty simple pronunciation for locals, but from an outsider's perspective, it could go a couple of different ways. Disney's Frozen-based kingdom of Arendelle — NOT a similar pronunciation. The first word is simple. The second word is "UH-run-dull." (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Auchentoroly Terrace
If a guy named Ock had a trolly, and you saw them together, they would be the tag team of "OCK-en-trolly" — which is how you pronounce the name of this street and enclave in Baltimore.
If a guy named Ock had a trolly, and you saw them together, they would be the tag team of "OCK-en-trolly" — which is how you pronounce the name of this street and enclave in Baltimore. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
Assateague Island
This one is pretty straightforward — "ASS-uh-teeg" is the correct way to pronounce the barrier island off the Eastern Shore.
This one is pretty straightforward — "ASS-uh-teeg" is the correct way to pronounce the barrier island off the Eastern Shore. (STEPHEN CHERRY / Associated Press)
Bel Air
The Harford County seat and road name that leads from Harford County to Baltimore is Bel Air — not "Blair."
The Harford County seat and road name that leads from Harford County to Baltimore is Bel Air — not "Blair." (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Bowie
This place wasn't named for David Bowie — and it certainly isn't pronounced like his name. Call it "BOO-ee."
This place wasn't named for David Bowie — and it certainly isn't pronounced like his name. Call it "BOO-ee." (Nate Pesce / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Catoctin Mountains
The Catoctin Mountains sit above the downtown area of Thurmont in Western Maryland, and provide a name for schools and streets in the area. To say it, verbalize "cuh-TOCK-tin."
The Catoctin Mountains sit above the downtown area of Thurmont in Western Maryland, and provide a name for schools and streets in the area. To say it, verbalize "cuh-TOCK-tin." (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Ellicott City
Despite the presnce of "cott" in its name, don't try to pronounce the community's name with the temporary bed included. Ellicott is pronounced "EHL-eh-cutt"
Despite the presnce of "cott" in its name, don't try to pronounce the community's name with the temporary bed included. Ellicott is pronounced "EHL-eh-cutt" (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)
Emmorton
Don't pick out the stake company hidden in this name, because "Morton" doesn't really come into play here. "EM-merr-tin" will get the job done.
Don't pick out the stake company hidden in this name, because "Morton" doesn't really come into play here. "EM-merr-tin" will get the job done. (Baltimore Sun)
Gaithersburg
The city of Gaithersburg is really an easy one to pronounce: "GAY-thurs-burg."
The city of Gaithersburg is really an easy one to pronounce: "GAY-thurs-burg." (LESLIE E. KOSSOFF / Associated Press)
Glenelg
The Howard County community of Glenelg is unique in Maryland, in that the name is a palindrome — you can spell it backwards and it's the same. But you can't say it backwards the same way, really. That's because the G at the end is silent in local pronunciations.
The Howard County community of Glenelg is unique in Maryland, in that the name is a palindrome — you can spell it backwards and it's the same. But you can't say it backwards the same way, really. That's because the G at the end is silent in local pronunciations. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Hampden
Hampden may be one of Baltimore's most unique enclaves, but it also has a unique pronunciation. There's a P in "Hampden" but you won't wan to say it that way — try "HAM-den" instead.
Hampden may be one of Baltimore's most unique enclaves, but it also has a unique pronunciation. There's a P in "Hampden" but you won't wan to say it that way — try "HAM-den" instead. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Harford County
OK, so this is usualy a mispelling around here — autocorrect and spell check prefer Hartford. Verbally, some folks may hear "Havard" instead of "Harford" when talking about post-secondary education.
OK, so this is usualy a mispelling around here — autocorrect and spell check prefer Hartford. Verbally, some folks may hear "Havard" instead of "Harford" when talking about post-secondary education. (Matt Button / Aegis Staff / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Havre de Grace
Havre de Grace is a city name of French origin, but we've Americanized the pronunciation a tad: "HAV-ruh-deh-GRASE" or " HAV-urr-deh-GRASE"
Havre de Grace is a city name of French origin, but we've Americanized the pronunciation a tad: "HAV-ruh-deh-GRASE" or " HAV-urr-deh-GRASE" (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)
Highlandtown
You may hear Baltimoreans say "Hollandtown" with your ear — what they're referring to is Highlandtown, the East Baltimore neighborhood that is actually pronounced "HIGH-land-town" (just like you think it would be.
You may hear Baltimoreans say "Hollandtown" with your ear — what they're referring to is Highlandtown, the East Baltimore neighborhood that is actually pronounced "HIGH-land-town" (just like you think it would be. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Ijamsville
Don't get yourself into a jam with this one — Ijamsville in Frederick County is pronounced "EYE-emz-vill"
Don't get yourself into a jam with this one — Ijamsville in Frederick County is pronounced "EYE-emz-vill" (Flickr)
Juniata Street
This Havre de Grace mural by artist Shawn Forton is just off Juniata Street. That's not "Juanita" — it's Juniata, like the Pennsylvania college. Pronounce it "joo-nee-AH-tah"
This Havre de Grace mural by artist Shawn Forton is just off Juniata Street. That's not "Juanita" — it's Juniata, like the Pennsylvania college. Pronounce it "joo-nee-AH-tah" (Courtesy City of Havre de Grace)
Kent Island
This name of this mid-bay community is actually comprised of two words — Kent AND Island — and not, simply, "Kenisland," as some would say.
This name of this mid-bay community is actually comprised of two words — Kent AND Island — and not, simply, "Kenisland," as some would say. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
La Plata
The pronunciation of La Plata isn't being surved up on a platter — it's "La-PLAY-tah."
The pronunciation of La Plata isn't being surved up on a platter — it's "La-PLAY-tah." (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun)
Linganore
Linganore is pronounced "ling-AH-nore"
Linganore is pronounced "ling-AH-nore" (Alan White / Carroll County Times)
Linthicum
Most notable as the area around our primary airport, Linthicum is pronounced like the former San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum. Try "LIN-thu-come"
Most notable as the area around our primary airport, Linthicum is pronounced like the former San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum. Try "LIN-thu-come" (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun)
Lochearn
Lochearn is pronounced "LOCK-urn"
Lochearn is pronounced "LOCK-urn" (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Mondawmin
Mondawmin Avenue, like the mall, and neighborhood, is pronounced one of two ways — "mon-DAW-min" or "mon-DOW-min" — with the emphasis on the second syllable in both instances.
Mondawmin Avenue, like the mall, and neighborhood, is pronounced one of two ways — "mon-DAW-min" or "mon-DOW-min" — with the emphasis on the second syllable in both instances. (CHRIS DETRICK / Baltimore Sun)
Monocacy River
Don't try to add any extra syllables here. The river and surrounding valley are pronounced "muh-NOCK-a-sea."
Don't try to add any extra syllables here. The river and surrounding valley are pronounced "muh-NOCK-a-sea." (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier isn't just a mountain in the Pacific Northwest — it's also<a href="http://www.mountrainiermd.org/" target="_blank">a small city</a> just a few miles from Washington. But the pronunciation of the Maryland community seems to be up for debate among folks: is it "RAY-neer" or "RAN-yer" or "reh-NEER"? A quick call to City Hall tells us it is "RAY-neer."
Mount Rainier isn't just a mountain in the Pacific Northwest — it's alsoa small city just a few miles from Washington. But the pronunciation of the Maryland community seems to be up for debate among folks: is it "RAY-neer" or "RAN-yer" or "reh-NEER"? A quick call to City Hall tells us it is "RAY-neer." (Courtesy City of Mount Rainier)
Odenton
Forget about "Denton" and don't even try to put a "ding" in there anywhere — this is Odenton, pronounced "OH-DEN-tin"
Forget about "Denton" and don't even try to put a "ding" in there anywhere — this is Odenton, pronounced "OH-DEN-tin" (Noah Scialom / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Reisterstown
It may be hard to resist, but Reisterstown is neither "Resist-ers-town" or "Reese-ters-town" ... It is "RICE-ters-town"
It may be hard to resist, but Reisterstown is neither "Resist-ers-town" or "Reese-ters-town" ... It is "RICE-ters-town" (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
Riviera Beach
You're going to want to say this like the Riviera Maya — but you'll be wrong. In Maryland, Riviera is pronounced like the former Yankees closer — Mariano Rivera — or like the historical figure Paul Revere — as in "re-VEER-uh."
You're going to want to say this like the Riviera Maya — but you'll be wrong. In Maryland, Riviera is pronounced like the former Yankees closer — Mariano Rivera — or like the historical figure Paul Revere — as in "re-VEER-uh." (Perry Thorsvik / Baltimore Sun)
Susquehanna River
The river that pours into the Chesapeake is pronounced "sess-kweh-HAN-uh"
The river that pours into the Chesapeake is pronounced "sess-kweh-HAN-uh" (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)
Talbot County
Is it "tal-bit" or "tahl-bit"? A tourism site for Talbot County suggests<a href="http://tourtalbot.org/resources/frequentlyasked/" target="_blank">the correct pronunciation</a> of the Eastern Shore community is "tall-butt".
Is it "tal-bit" or "tahl-bit"? A tourism site for Talbot County suggeststhe correct pronunciation of the Eastern Shore community is "tall-butt". (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Taliaferro Hall
It doesn't look like it should sound like "Tolliver," but this College Park building is pronounced exaclty that way.
It doesn't look like it should sound like "Tolliver," but this College Park building is pronounced exaclty that way. (Nanine Hartzenbusch / Baltimore Sun)
Taneytown
Taneytown in Carroll County has a unique pronunciation that most in Maryland already know. There's an invisible W in there — so, pronounce it "TAW-nee-town."
Taneytown in Carroll County has a unique pronunciation that most in Maryland already know. There's an invisible W in there — so, pronounce it "TAW-nee-town." (KATHRYN WHITNEY / Baltimore Sun)
Thames Street
The river and namesake street in London are pronounced "Tames" .. but in Baltimore, the locals pronounce it like they would read it right off the street sign: "Thaymes"
The river and namesake street in London are pronounced "Tames" .. but in Baltimore, the locals pronounce it like they would read it right off the street sign: "Thaymes" (Baltimore Sun archive)
Tilghman Island
Don't make it a tongue-twister. The "gh" is silenth in Tilghman. So pronounce it like the Orioles' starting pitcher's last name — Tillman.
Don't make it a tongue-twister. The "gh" is silenth in Tilghman. So pronounce it like the Orioles' starting pitcher's last name — Tillman. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Towson
There's no E, no E and no Z. So forget about Townsend, Toeson, or Towzen. Try "TAO-sin." If you're still unsure, it starts with "ow!" like the sound locals will make if you butcher it.
There's no E, no E and no Z. So forget about Townsend, Toeson, or Towzen. Try "TAO-sin." If you're still unsure, it starts with "ow!" like the sound locals will make if you butcher it. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Westminster
Westminster is not the western residence of your minister. Don't find a second I that isn't there: pronounce it "WEST-min-ster"
Westminster is not the western residence of your minister. Don't find a second I that isn't there: pronounce it "WEST-min-ster" (DAVE MUNCH / Carroll County Times)
Wicomico County
It ain't "wick-O-mick-O," hon. Put the emphasis on the second syllable when saying "why-COMB-ic-oh" on the Eastern Shore.
It ain't "wick-O-mick-O," hon. Put the emphasis on the second syllable when saying "why-COMB-ic-oh" on the Eastern Shore. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Worcester County
There's no "h" here, so avoid the urge to Pennsylvnia-ize this county with a "chester" at the end. Pronounce it the same as you wood the Massachusetts community — "woo-ster" is the way to go.
There's no "h" here, so avoid the urge to Pennsylvnia-ize this county with a "chester" at the end. Pronounce it the same as you wood the Massachusetts community — "woo-ster" is the way to go. (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun)
Youghiogheny River
Way out in Western Maryland is the Youghiogheny River, which doesn't have a "you" or "hio" sound in it, despite what you might otherwise think. No, the Youghiogheny sounds more like "YOCK-uh-gain-ee"
Way out in Western Maryland is the Youghiogheny River, which doesn't have a "you" or "hio" sound in it, despite what you might otherwise think. No, the Youghiogheny sounds more like "YOCK-uh-gain-ee" (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)
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