Why is Illinois pronounced via a silent "s"? It's neither correct in english or french. Why not ill-in-OYS (english phonetic with "s" pronounced) or eel-in-WAH (french)?


It is a french transliteration of an aboriginal name, so the word itself as spelled, is french in beginning.

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For the exact same factor Illinois towns of Cairo, Lebanon, New Berlin and also Athens are all pronounced in a different way than their even more famous namesakes.


So this reexhausted couple is driving dvery own to Disney World and also the whole means dvery own the peninsula they're saying over how to pronounce Kissimmee.

Is it KISS-i-mee, or Ki-SIM-ee, or somepoint else? The discussion is really acquiring heated as they near the town.

Finally, they arrive and also the husband also exits the interstate and also pulls straight into a McDonald's. He turns to his wife and angrily claims "I'LL SETTLE THIS!" then dashes inside.

After a brief wait he lastly gets to the front of the line and also asks the cashier, in desperation, "Please, tell me progressively, what IS this place called?!?"

The cashier looks a little perplexed, then progressively and patiently states "MACK-DON-NALDS".


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· 4y

Not funny.

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· 4y

Why do I call it DeS PlaineS and also not De Plaine ?


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· 4y

Due to the fact that shut up, that's why.


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· 4y

Are we in France? Then that the hell cares?


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· 4y

To be more accurate, as it's pronounced currently the "s" is silent as in french, yet the "oi" is pronounced as english. Why mix the two?


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