Bless you, Green Bay

I went to college in Texas, but unlike these folks, I am actually fairly proficient at pronouncing Wisconsin place names:

This is not because I’m smarter than the average Texan, or because I once spent an afternoon screwing around Kenosha back in the day, but because I was something of a showoff as a teenager, when I wasn’t cringing in a corner somewhere, and when I found out I was being recruited by Lawrence University — in the blissfully pronounceable city of Appleton — I figured it might be useful to appear to be able to deal with Cheese State placenames, and memorized a bunch.

Unfortunately, one I didn’t learn was “Outagamie,” which is the county of which Appleton is the seat.

(Via Troglopundit, who urges: “No more excuses, America. Learn to speak English.”)


  1. Charles Pergiel »

    15 December 2012 · 6:54 pm

    If those Wisconsinites cared about how anybody pronounced the names of their cities they would devote themselves to traveling the country and teaching people the correct pronunciation. Since they don’t, they obviously don’t care, and so neither do I. Neener.

  2. CGHill »

    15 December 2012 · 7:22 pm

    That’s “Neenah.” Down the road from Appleton.

  3. Scott »

    15 December 2012 · 8:48 pm

    Some quick ones from the home team:
    MEXIA (Home of …?)
    BUDA (kind of a Home of, but nothing Texan.)

    These kinds of things are actually enjoyable…I always found friends by mispronouncing place names with a Texas drawl.

  4. CGHill »

    15 December 2012 · 9:25 pm

    In the case of Mexia, Vickie (later “Anna Nicole”) Smith.

    And I use Groucho’s mnemonic: “Nacogdoches is full of roaches.”

    Non-Sooners stumble over Chickasha, Miami (not like Florida), Chelsea (not like anyone), and Battiest.

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