Well, it looks like Kick-oo-it.
"Oh, you mean Kigh-cut?" said the hotel clerk when I asked for directions to Kykuit (see what I mean?), the Rockefeller mansion high above the Hudson River just north of Tarrytown, N.Y.
"Oh, yes," I replied, kicking myself for forgetting, because of course I'd done my research and knew all about the name's provenance (Dutch for "lookout") and pronunciation (the way she said it).
But then again, maybe I didn't know everything. "You have reservations for Kigh-kout?" asked the fellow at the visitor center when we arrived for our tour. Well, um, yes, I guess that would be the same place. "I know people around here say Kigh-cut, but in Dutch it would be Kigh-kout," he explained. "I try to pronounce it the way it should be." Ah.
In the absence of an actual Dutch speaker, however, I had my doubts about all this pronunciation business. Perhaps best to just forget the name and think of it the way Ursula, our enthusiastic, energetic 70- or possibly 80-something guide, referred to it on the brief bus ride up to the house and grounds. "You're going to spend the next couple of hours," she said, "in a very beautiful place."