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You say Poe-tay-toe, I say Poe-taa-toe

Posted by auroracitizen on May 30, 2012

A Reader asks… I have a question that’s been bothering me for some time. I grew up in Aurora and have lived here for 38 years.

When I was a kid (and even all the way into my late 20′s), everyone I knew (including my entire extended family) pronounced Machell Park — MAY-chull. However, now that I have kids and they are in school at Aurora Heights PS, I am hearing a lot of the other parents pronouncing it MAH-chull.

I know Aurora was originally called Machell’s Corners, but would love to know which pronunciation is correct.

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4 Responses to “You say Poe-tay-toe, I say Poe-taa-toe”

  1. Paul Sesto said

    I’ve also heard people call it “Mac-Hell”

  2. Evelyn Buck said

    Pronunciation is May-chell …emphasis on the first syllable.
    The other parents need to be corrected.

  3. G Machell said

    Re: Machells Corners,

    The correct pronunciation for the name Machell, is Ma^chell, pronounced Michelle.

    It’s not uncommon for the name to be miss pronounced, as it is an old English name, when I was younger and in Aurora, for the most part, it was pronounced correctly.

    G Machell

  4. Czestnut said

    My 13-year old corrects me with MAY-chell, each time I would say MAT-chell.

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