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In case you’ve ever wondered exactly how the hell to pronounce “Oconomowoc…”

December 14, 2012

…or some other weird Wisconsin name – a lot of them were originally Native American words that got all mangled by the French missionaries and voyageurs – well, normally I’d just steer you to Miss Pronouncer, who’s a friend of mine (and unreformed radio reporter) and whose website ought to be a required resource for all you out-of-staters who can’t pronounce simple names like Waubeka and Menomonie.

Come on, people. It’s Muck-wan-a-go. Say it quickly. Emphasis on the second syllable.

Now, however, Miss Pronouncer’s got a new thing out there – an interactive map, made with the help of Wisconsin state cartographer’s office. I’m sure you’re as surprised as I am that Wisconsin even has a cartographer’s office, but there you go.

For maximum enjoyment, zoom out on the map and weave your cursor slowly around the state.

Bottom line: no more excuses, America. Learn to speak English.

2 Comments
  1. December 16, 2012 6:39 pm

    Remember, you don’t pronounce the letter a with your vocal cords. If your sinuses aren’t vibrating, you’re not speaking enough from the nose.

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