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    Quick question for you... everybody knows that a major road in New York's Manhattan, Houston Street (from which, for example, the area of SoHo gets its name... SOuth of HOuston), is pronounced very differently from the common pronunciation of the name of the city of Houston. Lately, hearing some of my fellow New Yorkers talk about the prospects of Roger Clemens returning to the AL East, I've heard a lot of people pronounce the Houston in the Houston Astros the same way... apparently, there's a push in New York to stop saying it the Texas way altogether.

    What I want to know is, how do people from other places pronounce the word Houston? Is the New York pronunciation strictly a New York thing? Or is the Texas pronunciation losing ground elsewhere as well?

    (Just so everyone's clear on what I'm talking about... I guess the regular pronunciation of Houston makes the first syllable of the word rhyme with "you"... H-yous-ton. The New York pronunciation rhymes with "how," so it becomes House-ton Street.)
    "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

    Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

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    My pronunciation: Hue-stun (Hue as in the word hue; a shade or tint of a color)
    A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation. I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do, play it right and with respect. If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera. - Ryne Sandberg

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    • #3
      We pronounce it Hue-stun in Canada, which is pretty much the way I hear it pronounced in new casts.
      "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
      Carl Yastrzemski

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      • #4
        Originally posted by runningshoes53
        We pronounce it Hue-stun in Canada, which is pretty much the way I hear it pronounced in new casts.
        That is the common pronunciation; I've never heard it pronounced House-ton anywhere but in New York. Just wondering if anybody else had.
        "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

        Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

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        • #5
          I pronounce the "ork" in New York like the "ork" in the word WORK. Am I weird?

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          • #6
            ...Goin' back... to House-ton, House-ton, House-ton...
            "Hall of Famer Whitey Ford now on the field... pleading with the crowd for, for some kind of sanity!"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ElHalo
              That is the common pronunciation; I've never heard it pronounced House-ton anywhere but in New York. Just wondering if anybody else had.
              I've heard it in movies.
              "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
              Carl Yastrzemski

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              • #8
                I pronounce it tow-may-tow
                beware of the censorship police

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                • #9
                  I've even heard it pronounced who-stun.
                  "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                  Carl Yastrzemski

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                  • #10
                    In both Cleveland and west Alabama I've only heard it pronouced as Hue-stun.

                    I've only heard Who-stun when NASA was involved.

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                    • #11
                      His name is pronounced HUSTON STREET
                      "Candlestick made me a man" -Will Clark

                      "Real Giants fans loved them BEFORE and AFTER Barry Bonds came along"

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                      • #12
                        "House-ton, we have a problem"

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                        • #13
                          Either way, if you're ever in New York, and ask someone on the street how to get to "Hue-ston Street," you'll definitely get laughed at, and possibly mugged (tourists are seen as very easy marks, since a lot of what you need to know to live in New York is very specific street knowledge that takes at least a year of constant living to pick up... another dead giveaway is looking up, real NY'ers might glance up at a new billboard atop a building, but tourists look up CONSTANTLY in amaze at all the pretty skyscrapers).

                          So always remember; when in New York, it's "HOUSE-ton" street, with the emphasis on the first syllable.
                          "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

                          Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

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                          • #14
                            Next time I'm in New York looking Huston street I'll keep that in mind.
                            "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                            Carl Yastrzemski

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                            • #15
                              if you're ever in New York, and ask someone on the street how to get to "Hue-ston Street," you'll definitely get laughed at, and possibly mugged...
                              Very true... I was in New Yourk a couple years ago looking for Houston St.
                              I decided to ask a woman with 2 kids (one was a baby that she was carrying) where Houston St. was...
                              She laughed at me, then threw her baby on the ground, pulled out a semi-automatic uzi and mugged me. Happens all the time in New Yorke.
                              beware of the censorship police

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