There is, famously, a distinct way of pronouncing things in the City of New Orleans... which mostly has to do with not pronouncing them as you might think, or as they're spelled, or as the gods of reason and logic demand. No, when it comes to street names, food, and other things we love here, it’s our patois and our heritage, and it ain’t going nowhere. Here's a field guide to walk you through it all:
New Orleans: noo-OAR-linz
Our fair city, warts, potholes, and all. Depending on where you’re from, the following variants are acceptable: noo-AW-lins; noo-AW-yins; noo-AW-lee-ins; and noo-OAR-lee-ins. But never noo-oar-LEENZ, please and thank you.
A street in noo-AW-lins
Metairie: MET-uh-ree; MEH-tree
A popular suburb in Jefferson Parish. The mall is there. And the big movie houses. And really great seafood.
Another street name. There are many in the city named after the Muses and other Greek myths.
Street name. See above.