For the record, I've been going to MissPronouncer.com for years and lots of other linguists do too. Really, we need a resource for pronouncing proper names in this Wisconsin … Chequamegon National Forest is a stunning place (see image), but I didn't connect the placename I saw on maps with the string of sounds I heard on Public Radio until I'd been here a while. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's name doesn't pose a problem if you have been around Polish (even Polish names) at all, but it's joked about and mangled so often that a quick, safe reference is welcome for many, I'm sure. So, this website provides much useful information.
But people can't just leave good enough alone? (Or is that well enough? Gotcha.) As Ben points out, Miss Pronouncer rails against the familiar Wes-consin pronunciation:
The website has the tagline "And by the way, please slap anyone who says WESconsin!" -- word rage at its finest.Yup. Let's just overlook the significant legal problem of encouraging assault and battery. You're missing the fun and glory of Wisconsin and Wisconsin English if you rant about that ... getting so bent out of shape about something that feels so right to so many folks here is just, well, un-Wisconsin. Can you root for the Pack and complain about Wes-consin? Chomp down on a brat with kraut? Have another Leinie's while you're waiting for the bluegills to bite? I didn't think so. Even if they do it in [ɛ]llinois too (here).