Sabrina Dent noted: >>That would be Raphaels Park to you and me. I got *laughed at* when I >>read the sign correctly, and pronounced it locally ever after. Yup. I used to live close to Kuykendahl Road. (Locally pronounced 'Kirk-n-doll' although I still haven't figgered out where that 'r' comes from.) And the city of Humble, Texas has a silent 'H'. The only one that really bugs me around here is the name of the oldest dance hall in Texas ... Gruene Hall. If you pronounce it anyways other than 'Green' - someone *will* step forward to correct you ... and this in a State with a large heritage of German settlers! >>And afaik, you're looking for Man and Hess-a. Oh well, I've been 1/2 right I guess ... I've usually gone with 'mon' and 'Hess-a'. >>My peeve is people who say Vlad-I-mer NA-bo-kov when it's Vla-DEE-meer >>Na-BO-kov. Hmmmm ... I guess I missed the boat there as well ... I've usually gone with either 'Vlad-a-mere NAB-a-kov' ... or 'that guy whut wrote that thar Lolita book'! >>I can't pronounce most items on a French menu Oh, I'll often give the restaurant menu's a go ... usually Italian or Mexican ... sometimes the Oriental. (I had a friend who ran a Vietnamese restaurant - she would help correct my pronunciation.) RonL.