There’s a hilarious discussion raging through the local tumblr community about the proper pronunciation of several places throughout Minnesota and the metro, including “Nic-lett” and “Zerk-zees”.
February 17, 2011
February 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm
While Wayzata and Shakopee are commonly misunderstood by outsiders, there’s no division on the right way to pronounce them. Unlike Nicollet. Hotly contested, that one.
February 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm
The advocates of the traditional French pronunciation of “Nicollay” are cracking me up the most.
February 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm
You can tell when broadcast spots are produced out-of-state. The VO invariably uses “Nick-a-LAY” or “Nick-OH-let.”
Those French traditionalists would have a grand ol’ time in Vermont. Calais? Montpelier? Um, well, sort of but not really.
February 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm
MPR of all places should NOT anunciate the L in Chisholm.
Take a ride farther down I-35. New PRAYGH is the alpha and omega of that city’s pronunciation, but the rise of Farrah-BOLT is alarming.
February 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm
I call it “The Nick.”
February 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm
kcmpls said it best. Nic-Lett is the proper way to say it, but it sounds stupid IMO
I add an extra sound inbetween. nic-ah-lett.
But honestly, any REAL Minnesotan would just mumble through it, never really committing either way.
February 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm
@moe: A real Minnesotan says “Eat Street” and leaves it at that. 😉
February 18, 2011 at 8:33 am
Yep, Nic-Lett. But I do sometimes mumble, like @moe, a nic-ah-lett sometimes.
@noodleman if only that were possible. But there is a Big K in the Way and stops Eat Street from extending south of 29th.
February 18, 2011 at 10:38 am
@kc!: Yeah, and the Minnesota River gets in its way, too, much further south. Nicollet gets no respect. No respect!
February 18, 2011 at 11:05 am
I did hear Mayor Rybek take a few years ago about possibly moving the K-Mart to a north-south orientation on that lot to be able to reopen Nicollet up. With the economy as it is I’m sure that is not a top priority at this point but at least people are talking about it.
February 18, 2011 at 11:09 am
in the Milwaukee area, the pronunciation is Nick-oh-lay…….there is a high school on the East Side with this pronunciation.
February 18, 2011 at 11:13 am
@doug, people have been talking about it for years. Rumor is there is even a Kmart project manager on it. The biggest problem is that it is one of the most successful Kmarts in the country. It also has the highest loss from theft I believe. They have no incentive to close the store down for a year to change where it faces. But Rybak and others continue to say it is going to happen to keep people like me happy.
And, we can’t forget there is a Sullivan’s SuperValue there too, which is very successful and important to the community. I love Kmart and Sullivan’s, but they just muck everything up.
February 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm
@kc!: Just put the avenue down the middle of store, then put in crosswalks and pedestrian lights so shoppers can play Frogger going from fresh produce over to the snack ‘n beverages aisle.
Man, I should’ve been an urban planner!
February 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm
I have heard Minneapolis pronounced as Minne-A-NAP-O-LIPS! YIKES! One Southern gal on a business call.
February 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm
I make fun of my gf for saying Nick-oh-let, she gives me crap for saying “Nickel-et” — this is a hotly contested issue in our relationship (we’re boring 🙂 )
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