ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- In St. Augustine, tourists outnumber the residents, sailboats are plenty, and historical re-enactors are part of the scenery.
Al Roker even mentioned the historic city on The Today Show during a weather segment Monday morning.
He said "Tropical storm Alberto is 100 miles east north east of St. Augustine, Florida."
However, he mispronounced the city's name, making the name sound more like "St. Augustin."
It proved to be a topic of conversation around St. Augustine on Monday.
Anne Heymen, the Features Editor at the St. Augustine Record Newspaper, said she's heard others make the same mistake.
If she could speak to Roker, she'd tell him, "You put the emphasis on the wrong syllable." As she said the words, she herself put the wrong emphasis on different syllables.
While on his lunch break from his job with the City of St. Augustine, Bob Mangels said he'd like to give Roker some credit.
"Maybe it was just slang from where he comes from," Mangels said.
James Bullock, a re-enactor at various historic sites, observed that Roker's pronunciation would have been correct a couple of centuries ago.
"When this was Spanish Florida, it would have been called St. Augustin," Bullock pointed out.
Ken Cormartie was visiting the St. Augustine Lighthouse from North Carolina.
He said some people in North Carolina do say St. Augustine when referring to the college in the state.
"I've always said St. Augustin." He laughed and then said, "Wait a minute. What did I say? Now, I'm confused. I mean, I say St. Augustine." When asked where he was, he simply said "the lighthouse," leaving off the St. Augustine part of the location.
Allison Ross lives in St. Augustine and said, "If Al Roker is going to say it on national television, he better find out the correct pronunciation." One minute later, she added, "But we love Al. Everybody makes mistakes. You can't always be perfect."
Bullock thought the best way for Roker to learn the correct pronunciation is for the broadcaster to visit the old city.
He extended the invitation saying, "Come and see us, Al!"
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