The proliferation of audio on the web is interesting. It has been a long time since I Googled for the proper pronunciation of a word or phrase, so I was surprised at the dozens of sites and tools that show how to pronounce any word there is.
A friend of mine has lately talked of travel plans that include the Grand Tetons. I’ve been there at least twice that I can think of, so I would have been surprised if I still did not know the proper way to say it. But I had my doubts when this fellow – Russ, we’ll call him – recently pronounced the beautiful national park as TEETnz instead of TEE-tonz.
I don’t like to point out others’ mistakes. Generally, correcting friends when they misspeak or err is a spiritual and social no-no in my book; however, it does depend on who it is, the nature of the relationship, and whether we have previously discussed our preferences regarding such correction. This subject has come up before; I have asked friends to be sure to speak up if I’m wrong about something. It may seem like a silly and trivial point to note, but since I do have a personal rule concerning such misspeaks, I have thought to make such a point.
Of course, in certain types of conversations – such as debates – there’s an obvious implication that factual errors and such ought to be pointed out. But this is no debate.
Although all of the audio-capable resources I found use the preferred pronunciation of Tetons, I did see Tetons shown the way Daniel pronounces it, as a secondary or alternate pronunciation. So, I guess he is not technically mispronouncing it – which means I probably won’t say anything about it – which, in turn, means I will probably have to hear it again!
Resources: Pronouncing Grand Teton(s)
- Grand Teton info, pronunciation – Wikipedia on Answers.com – A mountain, 4,198.6 m (13,766 ft) high, of the Teton Range in northwest Wyoming; the highest elevation in the range
- How to say Grand Tetons – HowJSay
- How to pronounce Grand Teton – Forvo: All the words in the world. Pronounced.
- How to say Teton – Merriam-Webster
- Grand Teton National Park – infoplease: All the knowledge you need.