McCaughey Street in Turner

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 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 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 glennmatthew 12:53 am 16 Jun 10

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

Holden Caulfield 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 aleturner 9:42 pm 15 Jun 10

It is definitely ‘Maccackey’. That is definitive.

vg 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 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 Holden Caulfield 6:39 pm 15 Jun 10

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

sirocco sirocco 5:52 pm 15 Jun 10

If it’s Irish then I woulda thought ‘McCoy’ – McCoy seems to be the American way of spelling a sound that Americans couldn’t orginally spell properly and to them couldn’t possibly be spelled ‘McCaughey’

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

Devil_n_Disquiz Devil_n_Disquiz 5:51 pm 15 Jun 10

lol Erg0. Least us Kiwis would have got Manuka right 😛

Erg0 Erg0 4:54 pm 15 Jun 10

Smith & Caughey department store in Auckland is pronounced “Coe-ey”, but I suppose that New Zealanders aren’t the most reliable source when it comes to pronounciation.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:28 pm 15 Jun 10

Thanks bigcohuna1, that’ll do me.

grump grump 3:02 pm 15 Jun 10

toadstool said :

My whippet’s pedigree name includes the name ‘Eoghan’. How do you pronounce that?

Owen

bigcohuna1 bigcohuna1 2:39 pm 15 Jun 10

Wow,

when I first came to Canberra i was given directions by people on how to cut throughthe back of turner & oconnor by taking “Mac cawghey” or “Mc Corgi” or “Mc Cowhey” street.

Had me stumped until i found out it was “Mac Ackey St ” (aka Mc Cackey St)they were referring to. No problems.

Sir Samuel owned plenty O’ property and was a smart businessman & philanthropist. His main property was at Yanco in the Riverina and he offered the first trials of irrigation. (also with pronunciation problems is Yanco or Yanko – depending on which side of the canals you reside on) When he died he left his main estate to the government to build a school (the mansion is the main building) – Yanco Agricultural High School.

Once had strong family links to the Mc Caughey family (older generations were employees and spoke highly if him) and in our family and other heaps of other folks I know it’s pronounced “Mc Ackey”. Silly I know but that’s the way it goes with celtic names I spose.

He also was going to invest in & bankroll some small business experiment in aviation in the early post WWI years that no one else wanted to know about but passed away before he had issued authority to his bank to transfer the fund$ – that was for some mob made up of two blokes with a little box kite of a plane – called QANTAS.

toadstool toadstool 2:37 pm 15 Jun 10

My whippet’s pedigree name includes the name ‘Eoghan’. How do you pronounce that?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:35 pm 15 Jun 10

Pork Hunt said :

Holden Caulfield said :

McCoy and McCorkey, well I’ll be, hadn’t considered those two options. Thanks for that feedback.

The plot thickens.

Why don’t you thin the plot a little and give the Irish Embassy a ring?

I did try this mob, but the email bounced back, haha…
http://www.mccaugheycentre.unimelb.edu.au/

grump grump 1:35 pm 15 Jun 10

Always heard it called mac-hor-hee.

Given that there’s about 19 different ways of pronouncing ‘ough’ I imagine ‘augh’ could offer the same opportunity for variety. 🙂

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 1:04 pm 15 Jun 10

I think you’ll find it’s pronounced ‘McCoffee’, sorta like that yucky warm drink you get at the drive-through.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 11:55 am 15 Jun 10

Oh this is a fantastic thread!

I don’t think anyone who lives or works in Deakin pronounces Geils Court the same way. While working there I heard it pronounced like Gails, Jales, Giles, Jiles, Geels, Jeels… etc.

Do any of you brainiacs, pedants or nitpickers know the answer?

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 11:27 am 15 Jun 10

Holden Caulfield said :

McCoy and McCorkey, well I’ll be, hadn’t considered those two options. Thanks for that feedback.

The plot thickens.

Why don’t you thin the plot a little and give the Irish Embassy a ring?

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