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From Paulina To Throop: The Origin Story Of Chicago’s Accent, Pronunciations

As much as we may not notice it, in Chicago we have some interesting and unique ways of pronouncing streets. Think Devon, Paulina, Throop and Des Plaines. 

Our pals over at WBEZ’s Curious City say that, over the years, lots of listeners have asked why Chicagoans pronounce street names and other things the way we do and what’s “correct.”

Reporter Monica Eng dug into how — and why — the CTA decided to pronounce some of our more challenging street names on public transit they way it did. 

Morning Shift digs into the root of Chicago’s unique pronunciations and opens the phones to hear your particular pet peeves on Chicago pronunciations. 

GUESTS: Monica Eng, WBEZ Curious City reporter

David Durian, professor of linguistics at Bloomsburg University.

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