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Here we go again: I just spent 10 minutes on the phone, getting a consensus from the locals on the pronunciation of a local spot. This time, it was Mt. Pinos, where snow started falling, overnight. What’s the correct pronunciation? Keep reading. On TV, saying it right is as important as a newspaper reporter spelling it right. And I remember my journalism 101 teacher, Mr. Lynch, telling us “If readers see you can’t spell right, why should they trust anything else you report?” I owe it to you to get it right.
It’s tougher than it used to be to get 100% agreement on pronunciations. San Pedro should be San PAY’-droh, but the locals have always said San PEEH’-droh. Until the last 10 years. The Spanish pronunciation has crept back in.
There’s Rubidoux (RUE’-buh-doe), San Luis Obispo (san-lu-EES’ -or- san-LU’-iss, but never San Louie…), and San Jacinto… on which I’m still not sure there’s a consensus: some say YA’-sinto, others say HUH’-sinto.
But now, after four pleasant phone calls to to some nearby inns (in Lebec, Frazier Park, and Gorman), I feel reasonably sure of this — Mt. Pinos is known to all, not as PIN’-yose, but Mt. PYE’-nose.