Getting to a definitive pronunciation (NYC edition)
October 7, 2021 3:24 PM Subscribe
After repeatedly hearing people pronounce the name of the street where I work differently (Vesey St. in Manhattan), I decided to look it up. Wikipedia says ("VEE-zee"). Great. But other sites that seem less reputable give a different answer, and apparently the original Dutch pronunciation would be different. The street is named after a person, so presumably the correct pronunciation is how he pronounced his name, right? Or could it nonetheless change over time? Is this a question for which there's a definitive answer and if so (for NYC) is there an authoritative source of info? More generally, are there street or place names that have multiple accepted pronunciations?