How do you pronounce Antigua?

Old Aug 6th, 2003, 07:48 PM
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Cur-uh-sow. Thanks, Bluefan. Now, let's pronounce ALL the islands! ha.
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Old Aug 7th, 2003, 05:12 AM
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You say toe-may-toe, and I say toe-mah-toe... traa laa laaaaa.
Any-hoo, I still cringe with embarassment when I think of the first Caribbean trip I took many years ago and asked the travel agent about St. Loo-chee-uh. Yipes!
I think one I hear pronounced incorrectly most often is Dominica.
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Old Aug 7th, 2003, 11:46 AM
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If "keygal" who lives in Anguilla said it's pronounced anGWILah - then sure- I believe her.Where did I get the "GWEE" from?-Correct me if I'm wrong but I remembered something about that "Anguilla" was a given name to the island by the early Spanish explorers ,they changed it from "Malliouhana(?)".So if Anguilla is a Spanish word ,I thought that how it's pronounced -"anngweelah".
I vote for CURE-A-SOW
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Old Aug 7th, 2003, 12:05 PM
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Actually, Me, Curacao is the seat of our government here in the Dutch Antilles....it's cur-uh-sow.

However, I think that a lot of people DO pronounce it cure-uh-sow...at least a lot of those I know in the States. So, you've probably heard it pronounced that way often.
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Old Aug 7th, 2003, 08:44 PM
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Does anyone really give a shit
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Old Aug 8th, 2003, 05:42 AM
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Clarification on Curacao. In your phonetic spellings, are you using the "sow" of cur-uh-sow to be pronounced "sow" like a female pig or "sow" like sowing grain? I hear it both ways about equally and would like to pronounce it correctly. Thanks!
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Old Aug 8th, 2003, 06:31 AM
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Sorry..."sow," like a female pig.
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Old Aug 8th, 2003, 01:06 PM
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Thanks, Statia. I have to say that reading over these posts has made me grin quite a bit!
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Old Aug 9th, 2003, 03:37 AM
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The way I was told to remember how to pronounce Anguilla was to think of 'vanilla'...they rhyme.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 12:47 AM
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When I was growing up in the 1950's and 60's, my father traveled quite a few times a year to the Caribbean islands on business, and he always pronounced Antigua as an-tee-gwa, and Anguilla as an-gee-ya, as he had learned. This may have changed since then.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 06:14 AM
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This thread is TEN years old and the people who live in Antigua still pronounce it An-tee-gah!
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