Friday, July 01, 2005

It’s Pronounced “Aaah-von”; Soft A

If you want people to think you were born and raised on the shore (and maybe you don’t) knowing the correct way to pronounce Avon-by-the-sea is essential. The “A” is soft, as is apple or alimony, not hard like Avon the cosmetics company, or ape.

[The onslaught begins every Friday at New York Penn Station in the sticky, rush-hour mayhem. They come loaded with beach chairs, beer and surfboards.

"It's easy to spot the bennies," said Irene Fulton of Old Bridge, referring to the weekend tourists she has been sharing her Friday night commute with for 10 summers.
"They're messy, they're noisy, they put their feet up on the seats, and they nearly knock you over with all their luggage. They think this is the party train."]



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in NJ and moved to So. Cal 14 years ago, I can't believe the term bennies lives...classic!
BTW yes I was a benny, spent every summer in Lavallette, Seaside, Pt. Pleasant.

Sunday, July 03, 2005 12:01:00 AM  

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