We all have pet peeves -- small little things that most of the world would normally consider insignificant, but it REALLY irks the hell out of you.

One of my pet peeves is TV news reporters mispronouncing the Connecticut town Wolcott. It's the quickest way for me to say, "Oh, this person isn't from around here, I don't believe a word that they say."

It usually starts out well. Ya know, Keisha Grant or Darrin Kramer introducing an attractive new reporter on the scene of whatever breaking news story near or on Woodtick Road. Then, it happens.

"I'm Steven Jablonski, reporting live from Wall-cot, back to you Dennis."

<click>  Oooh, Seinfeld!

I learned this very early on in life -- Wolcott is pronounced 'Wool-Kit'. To the naked eye, sure, it would seem as if the double T's mean something, but they don't. Same with the single O, looks like a sharp O, but it isn't.


Wolcott has a long, storied history, according to the official Town of Wolcott website, Wolcott was originally known as Farmingbury in 1796. Wolcott was named after Governor Oliver Wolcott, whose deciding vote incorporated the town. Two of Wolcott's most famous residents were the American clockmaker Seth Thomas, and Amos Bronson Alcott, his famous daughter was Little Women author Louisa May Alcott.


More importantly, new television news reporters here in the state of Connecticut, I hope you do a Google search as part of your show prep and come across this article. You will anger at least 16,200 residents, and enrage at least 1 Waterbury resident, if you call Wolcott "Wall-cot." Please plan accordingly.

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