(Plus a couple more)
Noticabley absent in NJ.COM’s article was Closter NJ. Around here we call it CLOSE-ter. And unlike the capital of the country Columbia we call to that town Ba-GO-ta. Of course perhaps the funniest NJ town name is Ho-Ho-Kus and that is how it is spelled. Hyphens and all.
Why do words that look so simple cause so much confusion?
There’s no dispute about how to pronounce the word “sergeant,” as in police sergeant or detective sergeant. But why is the New Jersey community of Sergeantsville not pronounced that way?
Local officials say it’s actually SUR-gents-ville, not SAR-gents-ville.
That’s just one of many New Jersey places that often get mispronounced (some would even say butchered) by out-of-towners. And some towns — like Holmdel, Moonachie, Rahway and Secaucus — even have the locals uttering different pronunciations.
PS. Don’t forget Hackensack. We forget how odd the Indian name sounds when we live here. Of course Billy Joel put it in a song.