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"Jason, how do you pronounce THAT?" - A Visitor's Guide to Austin
I have lived in the Austin, Texas area for almost exactly 20 years now, having moved here in August of 1988 to begin attending Southwestern University in nearby Georgetown.  As such, I have seen a lot of visitors and new residents in the area who mispronounce town and road names, and refer to them strangely, at least in my humble opinion.
In an effort to assist those who are visiting or moving here to fit in a bit better, I have compiled a short list of the most common mistakes that I have witnessed.  In several of the cases that I will cite here, I KNOW that the word should be pronounced differently, but trust me on this.  People will look at you funny if you ignore this post and pronounce things properly.
Much like the spelling bee, I will attempt to use each of the landmarks in a sentence in an effort to help. BURNET ROAD - Seems easy enough, right?  I thought so, too, until I learned that it is pronounced BURN-it, not Bur-NETT.  My son has his martial arts classes in Austin on BURN-it Road.
BUDA, Texas - This is not pronounced "Buddha".  Instead, the phonetic pronunciation is ... more

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