Saturday, March 31, 2007

A geographical survey

In the game Monopoly, there are four railroads: Reading, Pennsylvania, B&O, and Short Line. How did you pronounce the first one: ree'-ding or reh'-ding? Growing up in California, we said Reeding, but my girlfriend grew up in Pennsylvania saying Rehding. I've always felt the likelihood of calling it Rehding Railroad depended on the proximity to the actual town of Reading (reh'-ding), Pennsylvania.

10 comments:

Ookami Snow said...

It's Reading Railroad. The only reason that it is Rehding is because if some of the people on the east coast have problems pronouncing words.

As you girlfriend to say "dresser drawer". My wife is from the east cost and she had some very unique ways to pronounce words.

Brookelina said...

It's Reading...like the word red. And since it's on the east coast and the game was created for my hometown, I'm right. So there.

slappy said...

Ook: Right on. My girlfriend is from PA, so not so much of the comical accent. I have a friend out here who grew up in Boston, lost her accent, but occasionally will slip and say something is in the "draw"

Brooke: You're from Atlantic City? As a degenerate, I love me some AC.

Spinning Girl said...

I said REE until I was correctred, and my whole reality changed. (REH-ality)

slappy said...

Spinner, I hope that by corrected you don't mean shipped to a PA reeducation camp. But they still pronounce it REE-education.

When reality changed for you, was it like the end of 2001: Space Odyssey?

amera hearts said...

whoa! slappy has a g-friend?!?!?!

i say reeding because that's the way it's pronounced. i use to go to many competitions because i rock at that game and no one says rehding.

slappy said...

Why are you so surprised I have a girlfriend? Is it because I'm a bear that wears a sweater and no pants? Some chicks dig that look.

Your secret to winning Monopoly was being the thimble, wasn't it? I love being the thimble.

Lilly said...

Wouldn't it be Reh-ding -- like they pronounce Reading in England? I take it that's where the name stems from, eh?
And how come Americans don't pronounce the 'h' in herbs? I really would like to know. I mean, you do pronounce the 'h' in the name Herbie so why not when you say herbs?

PLEASE JIGGS AND CO. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THIS?

Thanks. And bye for now.

slappy said...

The town/railroad they named it after in America is also pronounced Rehding, but most people pronounce it Reeding Railroad. I think it's because of the show Reading Rainbow.

As for the Cockney dropping of the 'h' on herbs, I never understood that either. Maybe it's because a group of guys named Herb didn't want to be associated with seasonings.

Lilly said...

LOL LOL LOL @ Slappy! That's one of the best theories I've heard yet!