preston wrote:Helen S wrote:In western PA there are the towns of Duboise pronounced locally ad DEW-boys (accent on the dew) and Versailles (ver-SALES). I keep lobbying for the city in Michigan to be pronounced de-TWA.
On my way to Paris in 2003, I stopped through Minneapolis - I was Flying NWA. While talking with a French woman about my next stop (we hadn't yet learned that we were on the same flight) I said "de-TROYT". To which she remarked, "you mean de-TWA!".
My wife used to be an international flight attendant for TWA (that'll date us). One of her favorite comments from a Frenchwoman on one flight, was, as the pilot announced they were flying over the Grand Tetons, "Is it true that you have mountains named after women's breasts?"