(drizzt3117 @ 06 Dec. 2004, 1:51) Well theres tons of that kinda stuff in Europe: Roma Wien (pronounced Veen) Munchen Firenze Milano Moskva the list goes on...
All interesting posts here. What bothers the hell out of me, and it has nothing to do with pronunciation, is the American(?) habit of mentioning a foreign city and then mentioning the country to which it belongs: e.g. London, England. Rome, Italy. Paris, France. As in, I was thinking of going to Paris, France this summer. Â [The wag will reply that one might confuse place-names in France with those in say Texas, i.e. Paris, Texas, etc. Etc. etc. etc. I was watching a film yesterday, and the opening shot was of Athens. The caption read, "Athens, Greece". Â Well no shit, I see the Acropolis right there and REM is nowhere about, so I reckon it can't be Georgia.
part of it is that moviemakers think americans are dumb. they think, "if we just put athens, people in arkansas won't know it's in greece." part of it is that dumb or not, americans really are pretty bad at geography. there are a lot of women in l.a. who think europe is a country.