You Say Bewna, I Say Buena…
A informative and hilarious radio piece about the
pronunciation of Buena Vista, Colorado was done by Noel Black of KRCC.
Listen by clicking directly above. A new window will open.
A few comments from me:
I'm very glad they mentioned our neighbor Salida.
No one pronounces that town based on the "true Spanish" either. Many western towns aren't pronounced
like they might be in Spanish.
Now I definitely say BEW-na Vista, but I do agree that perhaps the
spelling should be different. Something like "Beauna Vista" might make more sense. :)
Last year I met a guy from Buena Vista, Georgia,
and he said they pronounce it the same "wrong" way. Also, I was told
Buena Vista, Virginia residents pronounce it the same way.
Regarding the people interviewed in the radio segment:
As a resident of Buena Vista, it was scary that I recognized the voices of about half the people! :)