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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:34 pm


pronounce "Quonochontaug" as in the Quonochontaug-Type LSS?

A photo of one can be found here http://www.beachbum.homestead.com/Life- ... Beach.html
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Postby island » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:08 am


This is the Rhode Island (Row-di-land :) ) equivalent of Chicamacomico. RI has far greater than its fair share of names that defy pronunciation. If you think I am stretching this then take a look at this site, and this is just "Q" names. http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/IndianPlaceNames7.html#Q

It seems there are several sites on the Internet where a topic is pronunciation of Quonochontaug. Someone has posted on the Internet, "Rhode Island is where he or she can pronounce Quonochontaug but can not pronounce Westerly." 8O

Getting back to your question and a little bit of history. The Life-Saving Service strategy was to name stations for points, islands, bays, capes, beaches and other landmarks that mariners would likely know. If the mariner could not pronounce it, that was another issue.

As to station type by architectural style, blame Wick York for Quonochontaug-Type. There were 21 of this style built. He named the types for the first one of the particular style built. He could have easily made an exception with this and used the names of others such as Monomoy, Brant Point, Portsmouth, or Currituck.

So how to pronounce Quonochontaug. In Maine it would be “Quon-o-chon-taug”. But then, it is in Rhode Island, not in Maine.
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:28 am


We need to put Ross on this task. He has a "zillion" ways to pronounce "Chicamacomico"! I'd love to hear him tackle "Quonochontaug " :wink: :lol:

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Postby island » Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:42 am


In Virginia and south his name would be pronounced with two syllables.
"Ro-ss" or "Ro-us" :)
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:22 am


Here in the farm country of Indiana (In-dee-an-uh) we have very few place names beginning with “Q.” Likely a result of differing regional Native American speech patterns.

However, we Hoosiers are not querulous, as we enjoy the quietude, and there’s no quarrelling that the quantity of quarries in this quaint quadrant qualifies us as the quintessential quarters for quail. While many of us are queasy from quaffing quantities of Quaaludes, and quick with a quizzical quip, we are all real men in Indiana, so quiche is COMPLETELY out of the question.
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:53 am


Terry,

Quaffing quarts on the quad again? :wink:

Seriously, queue these boys up ...

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:30 pm


Ross,

Would one of those be (chic-a-mac-a-mico) :?:

At least that was our first way of saying it.

:lol:
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