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 In New York City, there is a street named "Houston st.".
People here pronounce it as "house-ton".
Whereas the city down in Texas, I believe people pronounce the city as "hyus-ton".
I am confused 
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GG, I'm okay with New Or-lee-unz, because that's one of the legitimate pronunciations, not too far off from Nana's bizarre rendition. But New OrlEENS sets my teeth on edge, as do movies---some of them filmed on location!---in which the "natives" all speak with a syrupy moonlight-n-magnolias drawl. As though they were from, say, Alabama Emotion: smile
And although "Naturally N'Awlins !" has become a sort of catchphrase, or perhaps even an advertising slogan, I personally have never heard anybody say it quite that way. New OR-lins, New OR-luns, New AW-luns (with an incredibly nasal "aw," just like in Brooklyn)...then there's the whole four-syllable thing.

It is, however, Or-LEENS Parish (Louisiana has parishes instead of counties). Don't ask me why.
As a 5th geration Houstonian i can tell ya the city is pronouced by Texans as (Hew-stin) but Houstonian is (Hew-stoney-ann)
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I'm from TX and now live 1 block from Houston St in NYC. No matter what I still pronounce it Hew-ston, on both, I know I can't help it, I'm a southern girl. Us southerners say it as Hew-ston with a hard "H", xx
They are named after different people.
Madrid is a Spanish word, and in that language there is only one way to pronounce words, it is a very rule-specific language. I should know, I am a Mexican writer Emotion: smile
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Just pronounce it like locals do: that's how you are considered local.

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The answer is less mysterious than just a regional linguistic difference. the city in Texas is named after Sam Houston (mid-late 1800's), pronounced "Hews-ton", and the street in NYC is named after the NY congressman (late 1700's-early 1800's) whose name was Houstoun, prounounced "House-ton". So both pronunciations are correct within their specific context.
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Westerners pronounce it "Hews-ton." Southerners pronounce it "House-ton." William Houston is a Southerner and the street was named in his honor. 200 years later, we still pronounce it "House-ton" in Georgia. That's how we pronounce the county down here, and my last name.
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