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Bonus Round: How do you pronounce New Orleans?

Neworleanshouse_4As long as we’re keeping track of the rebuilding progress in New Orleans, I wonder:

How do y’all pronounce the name of the city?

As a not-very-well-traveled native of Burbank, I’ve always pronounced it "NEW-or-leans."

And when I’m trying to be cute, I pronounce it "NOIR-lins."

But when I’ve visited the area, several times in the last few months, I’ve noticed the folks down there pronounce it like this: "new-OR-lee-ins."

Or: "new-AH-lee-ins."

I love the latter two pronunciations and may just switch to one of those.

(Photo: Kathy Price-Robinson)

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