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pronunciation of Bellingham

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Rockies BC
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pronunciation of Bellingham

Today, while listening to CBC British Columbia, they were reporting on the Costco issue (rude Canucks being obnoxious in the Bellingham Costco) and the reporter and announcer both pronounced it "Belling - em" (like one would pronounce Birmingham - Birming'em. Sounded like "Belling the Cat" - "you're belling 'em, are you?"

Surely the proper way to pronounce it is Belling-ham, isn't it? I grew up in the Lower Mainland and of course took many trips down to Watcom Cty as a kid, surely we haven't been mispronouncing it all these years!?

Please enlighten!

Seattle, Washington
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1. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

Yes, you do pronounce the 'h'. At least south of the border you do! :o)

Rockies BC
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2. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

Please call up the CBC & give 'em heck! There's no excuse for their screwing up the name of our good neighbour to the south! (You should hear what they do to some BC place names - it's embarrassing, you'd think they could get the names of towns in their own province right)!

Washington - the...
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3. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

You are right - you pronouce the ham - that is why locals call themselves 'hamsters.

So the "proper" way to ask if someone is local is "are you a hamster?"

What was the show about? I've never encountered overly rude people at Costco - Canadian or otherwise. Was it about buying up a lot of milk? 'Cause I get why Canadians do that once I found out how much milk costs up there.

Bellingham...
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4. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

whole thing about it in the Bham Herald

much ado about nothing

Seattle, Washington
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5. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

There's a Bellingham in Northumberland, England, where IIRC it's pronounced "Bellinjam." Perhaps a geography brain cramp?

Rockies BC
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6. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

Western Canadian prejudice here - most likely the announcer & reporter are both d**n Ontarians! (You know, the same kind of people who think the mountains in Vancouver BC are the Rockies! )

Seattle, Washington
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7. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

+1 for "Belling-ham".

Dallas, Oregon
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8. Re: pronunciation of Bellingham

Jolly good fun, eh!

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