The Setting: Valenciennes France, 2006. An American Engineer is out for dinner with a French Engineer and the French / Spanish interpreter after a two long weeks of training. A few beers are consumed. Some small talk about French vs. English languages, pronunciation, etc occurs.
"In Pittsburgh, we have several towns with French names. However, the pronunciation isn't quite correct."
(Interest is piqued among the French Engineer and Interpreter)
"For example, there is a town called Charleroi" ( American Engineer pronounced it 'ˌSHärləˈrwä-ˈroi')
"And a place, which would be Nord Versaille"
"We pronounce them CHARLEROY and NORTH VERSALES"
- American Engineer
I grew up in the depths of the Mon Valley. Schooled in dreary Erie. 2.5 years of purgatory in upstate NY. Made my triumphant return to Pittsburgh about seven years ago and have been loving every minute.