A PRONUNCIATION KEY FOR L.A.'S MOST COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED NAMES AND PLACES
- •Eli BroadThe billionaire philanthropist's last name rhymes with "road" not "rod" -- something to remember when the Broad Museum opens this fall.
- •Richard NeutraThe architect's mid-century structures (including this Case Study house) are considered some of LA's signature landmarks. His last name is pronounced "NOY-tra" not "NEW-tra."
- •San PedroThe port district was colonized centuries ago as part of "New Spain" which would make "San PAY-dro" accurate. However the popularization of the anglicized "San PEE-dro" has made it the correct/common pronunciation by locals. Thoughts, @scoutregalia?
- •WilshireLand developer and publisher Gaylord Wilshire was a millionaire socialist who named one of LA's early east/west boulevards after himself in the late 19th century. The street is pronounced "Wil-SURE" vs. the more Hobbit-like "Shire."
- •SepulvedaThis one really trips up Waze: Sepulveda Boulevard gets its name from a prominent Mexican family when the area was known as Alta California in the 1700s. Somewhere along the way the accent over the "u" was dropped, but the boulevard, pass, dam, and basin are still pronounced "Se-PULL-veh-dah" not "Say-pull-VEE-dah." (Photograph from LA Times 1930 archive)
- •Beaux-ArtsThe early 20th century French-inspired architecture style is all over mid-city and downtown. It's pronounced BOH-zar.
- •Los FelizArea of longstanding debate. Is it the "gringo-cized" Los FEE-lus or authentic Los Fel-EES? The LA Times recently published a story on the increasing use of Los Fe-LEES as culturally more respectful, but longtime residents will tell you that sounds pretentious. Around the office we say Los FEE-lus, but we're always open to change.
- •RVCAOk, so this is a brand, not a place, but its home base is SoCal and a few of us only recently learned its "ru-ca" not "R-V-C-A." (Hey, we never said we were cool.)