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Okay, now that it looks like my upcoming October first NO visit is back on again (Thank you Gustav for sparing the city as Katrina cancelled my 2005 visit), I'm curious about the pronunciation of the city--I want to get it right.

(I remember when visiting San Francisco--I learned it was a BIG no-no to say 'Frisco').

I've heard so many pronunications from the media while covering the hurricane. So what is it:???



Noo aw-lins or

new or-lee-yuns

Let me know and this Connecticut gal will try to pronounce it right :-)

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1. Re: Pronunciations....

I don't think they'll mind if you pronounce is any of the above ways or any other way for that matter, as long as you spend your money & lots of it to help the economy, between recuperating from Katrina & now Gustav, there will be lots of money needed by the locals to get back in business.

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The only one that doesn't cut it is "Nuh'ORR-lenz."

Here's more than you EVER wanted to know. . . .

"New" = "noo" (very rarely "nyoo").

OR-linz or ORL-yinz -- 2 syllables, with r-coloring.

AW-linz, AWL-yunz, or AW-yunz -- 2 syllables, without r-coloring (so-called "dropped Rs").

OR-lee-inz -- 3 syllables, with r-coloring.

AW-lee-inz -- 3 syllables, without r-coloring.

I've heard a few Uptown types (including Cokie Roberts) say "noo OY-yunz."

"Orleans" is pronounced with a 2nd syllable stress ("or-LEENZ") only when referring to Orleans Parish, Orleans Street, the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, or the song "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans."

The only people who use the exaggerated "NAW-linz" are CNN news anchors and local TV personality Frank Davis.

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Thanks for the rundown, SlateNYC. I don't think there is another other place in this country with soooo many different pronunciations. I think I'll just refer to their 'fine city' when talking with locals :-)

I've been practicing with some of the streets: Tchoupitoulas (chop-ih-TOO-LIS); Chartres(CHAW-tuhs); Calliope (CAL-lee-ope). I think they may come in handy when getting directions.

I'm so looking forward to my trip!!

Houston, Texas
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4. Re: Pronunciations....

Violet, don't forget EYE-bur-vile and bur-GUN-dee :-)

New Orleans...
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..and it's a "streetcar", not a "trolley".

mandeville, la
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you could just say Nola...just don't say the Big Easy!

Lake Wales, Florida
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And Toulouse is TOO-LOOSE! I'll be in town for halloween too!

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Don't even think of Calliope.

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