View Poll Results: How do you pronounce Monticello
Monti-Sello 49 16.12%
Monti-Chello 251 82.57%
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:47 AM
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How do you pronounce Monticello?

Thomas Jefferson's home. I've usually pronounced it Monti-Sello, but recently I heard someone on TV say Monti-Chello (like the musical instrument). How do you pronounce it?
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:53 AM
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I've always heard both pronunciations, and I think "Monti-Chello" is technically correct . . . but I always say "Monti-Sello" anyway.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:03 AM
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-chello. Though to be nitpicky, I say it more as monte-chello, not monti-chello (but I still answered with -chello instead of other). I've never heard it pronounced monti-sello.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:16 AM
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UVa for grad school here (which engenders a completely different mental state from a certain sector of the undergrads and alumni, aka wahoos, who can be some serious Thos Jefferson fanboys/girls); it's Monticello with a 'ch'. Much eye-rolling will ensue from the locals and die-hards if you pronounce it with an 's'.

Gah, hadn't thought about that culture in years.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:25 AM
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Since it's an Italian word, I pronounce it mon-tee-CHEL-oh.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:30 AM
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I voted before I read the OP. When I see the word Monticello, I read it as monti-chello*. Doesn't really matter where Thomas Jefferson comes from, I can't say I've ever heard the word Monti-sello, or if I had, I didn't put it together with the spelling Monticello.

*Like what zweisamkeit said, it's more of a monte sound.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:50 AM
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I've been corrupted a bit, since although I knew it should be pronounced "-chello", my initial reaction was "-sello". That's because Monticello, New York, which isn't too far from me, is pronounced that way, even though it's named after the one in Virginia.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:00 AM
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"sello" is how they pronounce the town name in Georgia. That is the only place I've ever heard that version. Of course they also pronounce "cairo" as "Kay-roh"
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:19 AM
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"sello" is how they pronounce the town name in Georgia. That is the only place I've ever heard that version.
There's a small community in South Cackalacky similarly pronounced.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:21 AM
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I say Monti-Chello, and always look around furtively to see if anyone is going to correct me, because I'm certain that whichever way I'm pronouncing it, it's sure to be wrong.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:42 AM
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Min-kilopy-upisto.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:25 PM
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There's a small community in South Cackalacky similarly pronounced.
The Arkansan city is also pronounced that way. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if all but Jefferson's birthplace were pronounced with English rules, rather than Italian.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:13 PM
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UVa for grad school here (which engenders a completely different mental state from a certain sector of the undergrads and alumni, aka wahoos, who can be some serious Thos Jefferson fanboys/girls); it's Monticello with a 'ch'. Much eye-rolling will ensue from the locals and die-hards if you pronounce it with an 's'.

Gah, hadn't thought about that culture in years.
UVA for undergrad, and this is entirely correct.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:26 PM
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TJ's crib.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:39 PM
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I've always heard both pronunciations, and I think "Monti-Chello" is technically correct . . . but I always say "Monti-Sello" anyway.
I said -sello as a kid, until I learned -chello was correct.
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I've always said "-chello" although I think the last time I did, my wife "corrected" me.
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I guess it's time for the obligatory, "Throatwarbler-mangrove"
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If I'm talking about Jefferson's home, it's "-chello". If I'm talking about the town in GA, it's "-sello". This caused me a bit of confusion as a kid growing up in Atlanta.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:00 PM
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I answered without fully reading the OP... I read the word as -sello, and voted that way. Not being particularly familiar with Thomas Jefferson or where he lived, I might have answered -chello on the expectation that it would be said that way by most Americans.
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Monnichello.

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Old 02-10-2012, 03:59 PM
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I say Monti-Chello, and always look around furtively to see if anyone is going to correct me, because I'm certain that whichever way I'm pronouncing it, it's sure to be wrong.
This sounds familiar.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:45 PM
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I was under the impression that Jefferson's home was historically pronounced Monte-sello? I mean, I thought that's how he called it? I could be wrong though. I forget where I heard that.

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Old 02-10-2012, 07:07 PM
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Since it's an Italian word, I pronounce it mon-tee-CHEL-oh.
That's where you're confused. We're speaking English, not Italian.

How Italians pronounce it is interesting, but irrelevant to how you pronounce it in English.

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Old 02-10-2012, 07:25 PM
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I was under the impression that Jefferson's home was historically pronounced Monte-sello? I mean, I thought that's how he called it? I could be wrong though. I forget where I heard that.
Nope.

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The Arkansan city is also pronounced that way. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if all but Jefferson's birthplace were pronounced with English rules, rather than Italian.
Jefferson's birthplace is pronounced shad-well.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:46 PM
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"sello" is how they pronounce the town name in Georgia. . . .
Same with the town in Utah. They're very picky about it there.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:52 PM
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That's where you're confused. We're speaking English, not Italian.

How Italians pronounce it is interesting, but irrelevant to how you pronounce it in English.
But I would imagine someone of Jefferson's erudition would have named it for the Italian place and pronounced it the same.

I bet you're one of those brushetta people too.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:11 PM
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As in the musical instrument, CH;

http://monticello.org/site/resea...ame-monticello

I have toured Monticello 2 times in my life and the guides refered to it as what is on the link.

There is an 1826 copy of the Declaration hanging inside, spectacular to view.

It was really a thrill to tour is home.

He is buried on the grounds, which makes 18 Presidential gravesites I have visited on my travels.

James Monroe's Ashlawn-Highland is about 2 miles away, toured that too.
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We have a Monticello in Kentucky and it's -sello. I pronounce Jefferson's home -chello.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:31 PM
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I've been corrupted a bit, since although I knew it should be pronounced "-chello", my initial reaction was "-sello". That's because Monticello, New York, which isn't too far from me, is pronounced that way, even though it's named after the one in Virginia.
Same. Jefferson's home is -chello, the city in New York is -sello.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:55 PM
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-chello. I probably vacillate between monteh- and montay-, depending on how fast I'm talking.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:19 PM
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I grew up in Indiana. The town there is pronounced monti-selo. I tend to use local pronounciation for places though. TJ's home is -chelo.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:25 PM
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I say Montisello, because there's a town in my home state called Monticello that's pronounced Montisello. Even though I think it SHOULD be pronounced Montichello, that's not how the locals do it.

Same with "Kay-ro", "No-dur Daym", and "Dess Plains" instead of "Kye-ro", "No-truh Dahm", and "De Plain" (or however the French pronounce it).
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:01 AM
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My father is a retired Jefferson scholar and he says Monti-chello. I also have family near Monti-sello, NY. I win.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:20 PM
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I say Montisello, because there's a town in my home state called Monticello that's pronounced Montisello. Even though I think it SHOULD be pronounced Montichello, that's not how the locals do it.
Probably thinking of the same town and state. Always sounds to me like the locals are saying Mont-ah-sello.
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Montichello.

I have what, from googling, seems to be a false memory of an alcoholic drink called Monticello. Does anyone know of a drink with a similar name that I'm getting mixed up?

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That's where you're confused. We're speaking English, not Italian.

How Italians pronounce it is interesting, but irrelevant to how you pronounce it in English.
Yes, but we pronounce cello as chello, not sello. Borrowed words often retain some features of their original language's pronunciation.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:43 PM
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Same. Jefferson's home is -chello, the city in New York is -sello.
Same here...Monti-sello NY, Monti-chello Jefferson's home...
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:51 PM
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I'm staying with family in Monticello, Georgia right now

I voted "sello", since I'm obviously more familiar with this town and I wouldn't have thought to pronounce it any other way. But now I know thats wrong!
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Montichello.

I have what, from googling, seems to be a false memory of an alcoholic drink called Monticello. Does anyone know of a drink with a similar name that I'm getting mixed up?
Me too. Limoncello, probably.
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Me too. Limoncello, probably.
Not to be confused with Oranjello's brother Lemonjello.
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Me too. Limoncello, probably.
Ah, that must be it - TY.
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mahn-TEH-chello is how the locals say it.

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Same with "Kay-ro", "No-dur Daym", and "Dess Plains" instead of "Kye-ro", "No-truh Dahm", and "De Plain" (or however the French pronounce it).
Not "Dess Plaines," but "DEZ Plaines." You are pronouncing it with the sibilant "S" otherwise common in the Northwest Suburbs. However, that pronunciation could be discussed endlessly.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:35 AM
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I said chello until around high school or college, when someone 'corrected' me. Then someone re-corrected me, and I started pronouncing it "that place Jefferson lived."
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I had no idea what it was, but seeing a word looking like that I'd always go for the "ch" variant.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:01 PM
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I've been corrupted a bit, since although I knew it should be pronounced "-chello", my initial reaction was "-sello". That's because Monticello, New York, which isn't too far from me, is pronounced that way, even though it's named after the one in Virginia.
This for me as well.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:48 PM
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I pronounce it "Montichello", though I often hear the nuclear plant of the same name pronounced "Montisello".
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:24 PM
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Hi I'm new! Joined to chime in. Monticello is in fact pronounced like the instrument, monte-chello. I was born and raised in Charlottesville and have also done the tour several times. Nobody knows why Jefferson named his home Monticello, which means little hill in Italian. I do know that he was a huge fan of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio whose Villla Rotonda was somewhat replicated through Jefferson's buildings. Thomas Jefferson is famous for his inventions/ideas/designs, but none of these are original. He did a lot of traveling in Europe and brought home his favorite things and replicated them in his home and on his campus.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:33 PM
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The posh panache of Jefferson at Monticello, bustin' out a mile with style!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TY5uyyXe_HA

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Old 12-11-2013, 12:31 AM
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Since it's an Italian word, I pronounce it mon-tee-CHEL-oh.
Out of curiosity, how do you pronounce the name of the capital of Russia?

How about Moscow, Idaho?
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:03 AM
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Fiddle Mountain.


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The Arkansan city is also pronounced that way. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if all but Jefferson's birthplace were pronounced with English rules, rather than Italian.
English has no pronunciation rules.
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