• But in Massachusetts, it's PEE-b'dee. In general, towns ending in -ham put the emphasis on the first syllable and pronounce ham more like um.


  • Swampscott, pronounced swamp-scutt, is among the more difficult town names in the state to pronounce, according to a recent article outlining the phonetics and origins of 30 Massachusetts towns.

    Furthermore, how do you say Worcester Massachusetts? Its pronounced “woo-stuh-sher” but its spelled W-O-R-C-E-S-T-E-R-S-H-I-R-E, so more like “whor-ses-ter-shire.” How did the pronunciation become so different from the spelling?

    Simply so, how do you pronounce Tewksbury MA?

    “ Common sense would look at the letter “w” in the name and assume its pronounced “TOOKS-bury,” but some locals have recently insisted that the traditionally correct pronunciation is “TUCKS-bury.”

    How do you pronounce Peabody Mass?

    In most of the world, Peabody is pronounced pee-BODY. But in Massachusetts, its PEE-bdee. In general, towns ending in -ham put the emphasis on the first syllable and pronounce ham more like um.

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