The 10 Most Badly Mispronounced Cities and Towns in Massachusetts
Pronunciation is important! You never want to mispronounce anything, ever. It can totally bring a conversation to a halt. Typically, before you even attempt to pronounce something that you're not exactly sure about, the best thing to do is ask someone else. Or maybe just Google it. However, there are times when people may be too prideful to do such a thing, so they will attempt to say it, and fail miserably because they way they pronounced it is simply wrong. It just so happens that Massachusetts has a few cities and towns that are mispronounced quite often.
When you mispronounce something, not only does it accentuate someone's personal lack of knowledge of whatever it is that they might be talking about, but it also doesn't say much about what your knowledge is overall. Before I moved here for my current job here in the Berkshires, I admit, I didn't know how to pronounce 'Berkshires'. The first time I said, it was like, "Burk-shy-urs". Obviously, that's wrong and I sounded like an idiot.
Since being corrected on that, I've definitely learned that even if I think I know how something is pronounced, the best thing to do is ask or Google, as I previously mentioned.
It just so happens that the state of Massachusetts in general has plenty of cities and towns that not every knows how to pronounce correctly. If you pronounce a city or town incorrectly, that can come off as pretty disrespectful. It's nearly as bad as mispronouncing someone's name. So we've made a list of the most commonly mispronounced cities and towns in all of the Bay State. Have a look...