Pronunciation Of The 10 Most Confusing Street Names In Austin
HERE’S HOW TO PRONOUNCE AUSTIN’S 10 MOST CONFUSING STREET NAMES
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.
10.) Nueces Street
If you do any exploring in Central Austin or are looking for real estate downtown, you’ll likely drive down Nueces Street, which runs north-south from the soon-to-be-late Austin Music Hall to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd near The University of Texas. To that end, “Nueces” is appropriately pronounced “New-AY-sez.”
9.) Burnet Road
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 not to 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
4.) Del Valle
3.) Mueller Boulevard
2.) Koenig Lane
1.) Manchaca Road
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