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how do you pronounce swarthmore?

SDonCCSDonCC Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
edited November 2009 in Swarthmore College
Do you say the first "r" or not??

Is it pronounced "swathmore" or "swarthmore?"
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Replies to: how do you pronounce swarthmore?

  • HarrietMWelschHarrietMWelsch Registered User Posts: 2,149 Senior Member
    Swarthmore College :: Writing Program :: A Sociolinguistic Investigation<br/> of the Pronunciation of Swarthmore

    Though I don't think their samples were broad enough. In short, though, both are accepted.
  • mythmommythmom Registered User Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    Oohh, cute, interesting. Harriet, thanks for posting, because I have felt so gauche in that I could not make myself drop the "r".

    I like the young linguists looking at this.

    And I think this is probably a fairly consistent phenomenon, that a local population will evolve its own pronunciation and entering folks WILL apply rules from other situations.

    Cases in point: I live in Suffolk (Suffik -- not proper symbols, I know) County, but my dad insisted on calling it Suffo-l-k county.

    And visitors frequently call Houston Street in New York Houston Street as in Houston, Texas.

    I think Bowdoin has a more interesting problem with it's name, which is wittily addressed in a cartoon on its website. Just when the pronunciation is sorted out, I think someone says, "Oh, so this is Colby?"

    Vassar actually imports a program to pronounce Poughkeepsie for purusers.
  • cadence76cadence76 Registered User Posts: 318 Member
    And please, don't anybody pronounce the "H" in Amherst!
  • PizzagirlPizzagirl Registered User Posts: 40,488 Senior Member
    As a Philly native, even though I haven't lived there in ages, I would say "Swathmore." No r. I also drop the r from Charlie; it comes out more like Cholly unless I make an effort otherwise.
  • ForgetmenotsForgetmenots Registered User Posts: 506 Member
    Also a Philly native, and this being my third year at Swat...I pronounce it with the r. I think that basically all students pronounce it with the r but many locals (from the area - not Philly) drop the r, as the linked article seems to agree with. :]
  • ToolmakerToolmaker Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    I live in New Jersey, near Trenton: Chre-in. I retain the first "R" Swarthmore, My Colleague (from PA.) drops it.
  • mrmarkymrmarky Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    just got a DVD from Swarthmore - it's pronounced both ways by the students in the video.
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