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McCaughey Street in Turner

By Holden Caulfield - 15 June 2010 28

McCaughey St

After living in the inner north for a few years now I’m still no closer to solving this little riddle – how should one pronounce McCaughey Street?

Is is McCorgi? Or perhaps it might be McCoffee. Or, a new theory put forward to me over the weekend, is it McCackey?

The street in question starts at Barry Drive before terminating at the roundabout on David Street. Thanks to the ACTPLA Place name search I can also tell you the street was named after Samuel McCaughey who was a “Pioneer pastoralist and philanthropist of New South Wales; early advocate of irrigation for pastoral as well as agricultural uses; MLC, New South Wales, 1899-1919; made generous bequests to the Universities of Sydney and Queensland.”

Hopefully someone can give me a definitive answer on the pronunciation.


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Potato 8:24 pm 18 Jun 10

I have only heard it pronounced once- I used to live on Stawell St (Store-well St, Stall St??) and my dog got out and my elderly neighbour said “I saw Kip sprinting down McCaughey [McCorgi] street”. What struck me as odd was not the pronunciation but the fact he chose to say sprinting rather than running.

sirocco 9:37 am 16 Jun 10

vg said :

Your surname is pronounced anyway you like it. The soccer player isn’t the only person in the world to pronounce it kay-hill. Remember Darren Cahill the tennis player? Pronounced the same as Tim’s surname

fine. Super-star football players and tennis legends 🙂

I can’t wait to see if Tim Cahill names his first daughter Siobhán ;p

glennmatthew 12:53 am 16 Jun 10

Perhaps we could ask Her Majesty? She corrected us about Manuka, afterall.

Holden Caulfield 12:35 am 16 Jun 10

vg said :

…Remember Darren Cahill the tennis player? Pronounced the same as Tim’s surname

…by everyone except the Cahill family and (generally) those outside of South Australia. Jack Cahill, great Port Adelaide FC personality, and he or his son never call themselves Cay-hill.

End of discussion! 😉

aleturner 9:42 pm 15 Jun 10

It is definitely ‘Maccackey’. That is definitive.

vg 8:26 pm 15 Jun 10

Mack-corgi

End of discussion

“PS – Cahill is definitely pronouced ‘Karl’ unless you are a super-star football player and then, I guess… whatever…”

Your surname is pronounced anyway you like it. The soccer player isn’t the only person in the world to pronounce it kay-hill. Remember Darren Cahill the tennis player? Pronounced the same as Tim’s surname

BenMac 8:12 pm 15 Jun 10

If you type in “pronounce McCaughey” into Google, the 2 links before this page are:

McCaughey pronunciation: How to pronounce McCaughey in English

Which contains an auio file to listen to the pronounciation – ma-coi or McCoy as some other have said, and

Pronounce Names – Pronounce Mccaughey, How to pronounce Mccaughey

Which says the correct way is – Mc Co(w)ee

So who really knows.

Holden Caulfield 6:39 pm 15 Jun 10

Nah, you’ve got it all wrong. McCoy circuit is in Acton. 😛

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