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12 Toronto Names You Might Be Mispronouncing

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12 Toronto Names You Might Be Mispronouncing

Wondering how to pronounce Toronto and other popular street names in the city?

If you want to appear like a local, you’re going to want to get the pronunciations down pat.

If you are a local and you aren’t pronouncing these names properly, who taught you?!

Totally kidding (kinda but not really), but hopefully this guide will help you to pronounce things properly.

One hint is to never trust Google Maps’ pronunciation, because that Google lady does not always know what she’s saying.

Here’s your guide on how to pronounce some of the most mispronounced Toronto names!


Pronunciation for Toronto names


Toronto skyline view from Mariposa Cruises

1. Toronto

So, how do you pronounce “Toronto”?

It varies across the city whether people pronounce Toronto as some sort of variation of “tuh-ronno” or “chraw-nah”.

I personally pronounce it as “tuh-ronno”.

Either way, it’s definitely not pronounced “toe-ron-toe”.

The second “t” in Toronto is silent, peeps!


Bubble tea shop in Toronto
Photo by Kelly S.

2. Yonge

Fun fact: Yonge is actually the longest street in the world.

It runs from Newmarket (in the suburbs) all the way down to downtown Toronto, and you’ll find some of the best food and shopping along Yonge Street.

Another fun fact: it’s pronouned “young”, not “yonj”.


Poke bowl at Rolltation, Toronto

3. Eglinton

Eglinton actually crosses with Yonge Street, and the Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood is known to be populated with yuppies (and great restaurants).

Some people pronounce Eglinton with an extra “g” in there as “Eglington”.

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However, it’s pronounced exactly as it looks – “egg-lin-tin”, not “egg-ling-tin”.


Holiday decor along Bloor Street, Toronto

4. Bloor

Apparently some people pronounce Bloor as if it rhymes with “floor”.

I don’t know how I feel about anyone pronouncing it as “blore” – that just seems yucky to me.

It’s pronounced “blue-r”, and that’s that.


5. Shuter

You know, that street by the Eaton Centre?

It’s pronounced “shooter”, not “shutter”.


Bike Lane at Toronto Harbourfront

6. Queens Quay

Queens Quay runs along the Harbourfront, one of my fave neighbourhoods in Toronto.

It’s pronounced “queens key”, not “queens kway”.


"Keep Going" mural at StrangeLove Coffee in Toronto

7. Spadina

Most Torontonians pronounce Spadina as “spuh-die-nah”, but the funny thing is that it should actually be pronounced as “spuh-dee-nah”.

That’s the historical pronounciation of it anyway!


Queen West mural, Toronto

8. Strachan

Okay, I’ll admit it: this is one Toronto street name I haven’t always pronounced properly.

It’s pronounced as “strawn”, not “stra-chen” or “stra-ken”.


9. Bathurst

It’s pronounced “ba-thirst”, and I don’t know why anyone would pronounce it any other way.


10. Tecumseth

The “th” at the end is silent, and it’s pronounced “teh-cum-see”.


The Commoner Restaurant, Toronto

11. Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles Village is a neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto, and it’s home to one of my fave restaurants, The Commoner.

Most Torontonians say “rawn-sez-valls”, but it actually came from a Spanish word and should be pronounced “rawn-ses-vay-yez”.

It’s probably just easiest to say “Roncy”.


12. Etobicoke

Etobicoke is one of the boroughs of Toronto, located just west of downtown.

It’s pronounced “ee-toe-bih-co”, and the “k” is silent.

It’s not “Ettabicoke”, which is what the guy in the Don’t F*ck with Cats documentary on Netflix Canada will have you believe.

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Mispronounced Toronto names:

  1. Toronto
  2. Eglinton
  3. Bloor
  4. Shuter
  5. Queens Quay
  6. Spadina
  7. Strachan
  8. Bathurst
  9. Tecumseth
  10. Roncesvalles
  11. Etobicoke

Have you been pronouncing any of these Toronto names wrong? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on the pros and cons of living in Toronto, or any of my other Toronto posts.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

How do you pronounce Toronto?
How do you pronounce Toronto?

It varies across the city whether locals pronounce Toronto as some sort of variation of “tuh-ronno” or “chraw-nah”.

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