A lady walks into a local bar and the bartender says, “Good afternoon! Are you new to these parts?” The lady replies, “Why, yes, I just moved in on Jesus Street!” The bartender chuckles and says, “You should know that around here we pronounce our J’s like H’s, so you actually live on Hesus Street.” The woman smiles, a little embarrassed and the bartender continues, “When did you move in?” The lady replies with confidence, “Oh around Hune or Huly!”
Pronunciation can be a tricky thing! We are raised constantly learning how to phonetically spell and pronounce words but in our culturally enriched society, we have learned that phonetics is not always the best policy. Perhaps becoming bi-lingual or multi-lingual would do the trick. Either way, you will notice that rules were meant to be broken because when it comes to pronunciation, it just is what it is.
Let’s start with “Corte Bella” which is pronounced KORH tuh BEHL uh, meaning beautiful style. This can be confusing because there are other words like “Ocotillo” which is pronounced o cuh TEE yo. Or our street Calle Real pronounced KAH yuh reh YAHL. Notice the two L’s in a row have two completely different sounds.
Much like the woman in the bar, some of you may say you live on Junipero, which is actually pronounced who NEE puh roh, which is Spanish for Juniper tree, which is pronounced, JUN uh per. Confusing enough? How about Quinto, pronounced KEEN toh which means “fifth” but the word quint is pronounced kwint.
We could go on and on, especially in our neighborhood because every street seems to have multiple pronunciations. We just tend to gravitate to the most commonly heard way of saying our street names.
When we all moved into our new homes at Corte Bella, chances are we were told the correct pronunciation of our street. Over the years, however, these street names have transformed much like the game of telephone. If you are curious about the right way to pronounce your street in Corte Bella, ask your friendly Home Smart realtors, Jen Meehl or Shirley Owens! They will let you know exactly how to say it!