✹ About Saturday 23 July 1664 Louise Hudson on 24 Jul 2017 • Link JonTom Kittredge, though this may not help with the Maine pronunciation of Mt. Dessert, it's easy to know whether it's desert or dessert you want to spell. One s is for sand and two esses are for Strawberry Shortcake. Mount Dessert should be pronounced desSERT, but I can't speak for downeasters who talk funny, anyway. Just to make it more confusing one s desert is also pronounced DeSERT when it's a verb.