Our local traffic reporters have endured many beatings here on the Sac Rag, but I’d like to pile on a bit — not for their lack of timely information, but for the varied pronunciations of our region’s roadways. Please give your input on your preferred pronunciation of these streets and locales:
Seamas Avenue: Most reporters say “See-mus,” but the actual pronuciation is “Shay-mus.” Then again, if we all used the proper ethnic pronunciations, people living 300 or so miles to our south would be inhabitants of “Lohs Ahn-heh-lays.”
Goethe Park: For years I thought this was named after the 18th-19th century German poet/dramatist, but then I read a book on local history, and it’s really named after a Gold Rush-era land speculator.
Nevertheless, the debate remains on pronouncing it the proper German way of “Guer-tuh” or using the localized version of “Gatey.” I just know for sure that it’s not “Goath.”
Don Julio (a major street out in the Antelope area): Are you a “Don Hoolio” or “Don Julie-O” kind of person?
I think we should make a point in 2006 to agree on pronunciation standards for the region and pass the input along to the local media.