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