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Posted By: Jack Campin
15-May-15 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Local place names - local pronunciation
Subject: RE: Folklore: Local place names - local pronunciation
Lima, pronounced like lima beans, not Lima, Peru.

I'm not quite sure what lima beans are, but I've seen the word in print many times and always assumed it was pronounced lee-ma, like the capital of Peru. The OED agrees with me and says the name of the bean is derived from the name of the city.

Where are you, and how widepread is whatever different pronunciation you use?