Pronunciation Of The 10 Most Confusing Street Names In Austin
Pronunciation Of The 10 Most Confusing Street Names In Austin
HERE’S HOW TO PRONOUNCE AUSTIN’S 10 MOST CONFUSING STREET NAMES
I read this article originally on austin.com (Author: REBECCA L. BENNETT) and I got such a kick out it because I have lived in Austin since 1996 and I have heard people pronounce these street names in so many different ways, that sometimes I become confused! I hope you enjoy this helpful guide.
Are you new to Austin or are you considering relocating here? We’re fairly certain you’re going to need some help adjusting to the weirdness of our ways (see: Leslie; Crazy Carl, Eeyore’s Birthday, etc.). Luckily, the people at Austin.com have made it their mission to orient Austin noobs as their journeys in Weird City begin, and they are also fairly obsessed with encouraging experienced Austinites to constantly seek out new reasons to love ATX.
This pronunciation guide is specifically intended for Austin newbies who may be having trouble figuring out the correct pronunciations of 10 of the most confusing Austin street names, such as Manchaca and Manor. Still, some Austin veterans may find this guide useful as well, if only for setting the record straight and helping get all the new folks across town as fast as possible without clogging up the highways any more than we have to.
There’s no escaping Burnet Road while sightseeing in North Austin, so you’d better learn the correct pronunciation! Now, you may be tempted to drawl out “Burnet” into something like “Bur-NETTE” — or even “BRU-nette” for the especially sloppy — but don’t you dare. Here in ATX, we have a saying: “It’s BURN-it, durn it. Learn it!”
8.) Guadalupe Street
Guadalupe Street is known as “The Drag,” especially in UT circles. Discussions about how to pronounce “Guadalupe” can become fairly heated, since the traditional Spanish pronunciation would sound something like, “Wad-ah-LOOP-ay.” That’s perfectly acceptable, of course, but most of us just call it “Gwad-uh-LOOP.”
7.) Pedernales Street
Let’s start with how notto say “Pedernales.” Do not say “PEE-dur-nahl-ez,” “PEH-dur-nahl-ez,” “PEE-dur-nalles,” or “PEH-dur-nalles,” and don’t even think about trying to drop that “S” or emphasize “les” as in “PEH-dur-nal-LEZ.” None of those pronunciations will make you look like a local; in fact, use ’em and you’ll probably become the butt of long-time Austinites’ good-natured joking. “Pedernales” is said “PUR-der-nal-ehz” or “PUR-den-nal-ehz.” Don’t ask us where we got the extra “R.”
6.) Dessau Road
Dessau Road lies east of I-35, so you’re likely to encounter it during your East Austin adventures. We’ve heard a lot of different pronunciations for Dessau — “deh-SOW,” “des-ay-ew,” and “DESS-ow,” to name a few — but locals favor “deh-SAW.”
5.) Manor Road
Manor Road is another easterly street that you should definitely explore in yourEast Austin escapades. No, “Manor” is not pronounced the way you’d refer to a gigantic mansion-esque house that’s a little on the creepy side. Instead, think mayonnaise and say it thus: “MAY-ner.”
Not only is there a Mueller Blvd, but there’s also a Mueller Lake,Mueller Lake Park, and aMueller Southwest Greenway,John Mueller Meat Co., and a host of other business who employ the title. So you see, it’s important to get this one right. Don’t go getting fancy trying to pronounce “Mueller” with mews, mwells, and muahs. We like to keep things simple in Austin, so naturally we go with “Miller.”
2.) Koenig Lane
Koenig Lane runs west-east between I-35 and Burnet Rd; at Burnet — say it with us: “BURN-it” — Koenig morphs into Allandale Rd, which changes quickly into Northland Dr and RM 2222. Pronouncing “Koenig” routinely stumps even weathered Austinites with its deceiving “oe.” It may seem weird, but trust us, it’s not “KOE-nig.” It’s “KAY-nig.”
1.) Manchaca Road
You’re going to want to take a deep breath before attempting this one because it’s bound to confound you. There’s no rationalizing the correct pronunciation of “Manchaca.” It just is what it is: “MAN-shack.” A small, dilapidated structure filled with men. Go ahead and laugh; even long-time Austinites still giggle about it.
With these 10 major roadway pronunciations in hand, you’re bound to blend in with the natives — at least when it comes to giving and receiving directions. If you’re seriously thinking about moving to Austin, but haven’t quite decided to take the plunge, you should alsotake these 10 lessons to heart and check out their3-Minute Guide to Austin. Both of these resources will make your decision a heck of a lot easier!
Trust eXp Realty and our team of real estate agents to help you find homes for sale or to sell your current home. We recognize the level of service that the mobile consumer demands. You have information. You have dreams. We possess experience, integrity, and innovation. Together we create leverage to make your dreams a reality.
If you’re like me, a steady marathon of Chip and Jo’s Fixer
"ITALIANO Siamo molto felici di aver incontrato per caso la signora Michelle Burns, vostro agente, con la quale dopo aver avuto un appuntamento nei vostri uffici, abbiamo trovato la casa perfet ta, la vostra agente Burns, è stata molto brava anche nel capire quello che stavamo cercando e molto paziente nel tradurre tutte le nostre richieste in quanto noi non parliamo americano, e grazie alla sua disponibilità e alle tecnologie moderne abbiamo comunicato a lei e lei con noi per tutto quanto ci era necessario, complimenti ai vostri uffici sempre tutto il personale compiaciuto, e pronto, complimenti al vostro Agente Michelle Burns, per la sua Professionalità, sempre ben vestita, sempre educata, pronta ad ascoltare senza mai voltarsi, Grazie Mille. INGLESE (GOOGLE TRANSLATOR) We are very happy to have met by chance Ms. Michelle Burns, your agent, with whom having had an appointment in your offices, we have found the perfect home, your agent Burns, was also very good in understanding what we were looking and very patient in translating all our demands because we do not speak American, and due to its availability and to modern technology we talked to her and she with us for all that we had to be, congratulations to your offices all staff always pleased, and ready, congratulations to your Agent Michelle Burns, for his professionalism, always well dressed, always polite, ready to listen without looking, Thanks a lot. "