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  1. Avatar Mark Thompson
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    Strange – everyone I know in the Jersey and Philly areas, which are pretty close to Wilkes-Barre, has always pronounced it more like “Berry.”Report

  2. Avatar Clint
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    I believe it is pronounced “shithole.”Report

  3. Avatar Grunthos
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    The natives appear to prefer “burra”, but pronunciation then gets distorted the farther from NE PA you get. As Mark notes, in Philly and Trenton it’s “berry”. In southern PA and Maryland, it is more frequently “barry”. I’ve also heard “barra”, possibly favored on another point of the compass. Then, once you get outside the region, most people default to “bar”.

    Clint, however, really has identified the definitive position. 🙂Report

  4. Avatar Will
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    Grunthos –

    Fascinating stuff, and thanks for the phonetics tutorial. Clint’s take may be definitive though.Report

  5. Avatar lebecka
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    Poor Wilkes-Barre! Clint, you sound like you might be a bit of a jerk. What has this poor little town ever done to you?Report

  6. Avatar Joseph FM
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    I’ve always known it as wilksberra, myself…my family reunions in Scranton.Report

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