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Old 04-26-2015, 11:58 AM
 
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Meh.

The only one I couldn't understand and still don't, is Bothell. That's because the pronunciation goes directly against the rules of vocabulary for a double-L.

Well
Swell
Fell
Tell
Hell <-- Especially here
Sell


Yet...Bothell is pronounced like a single-L.

Brothel
Bottle
Coddle
Fondle


Why?
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Bothell, Washington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Blame David Bothell, he was a pronunciation rebel.
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:50 AM
 
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The palefaces couldn't pronounce his name, and still can't. It was neither &quot;Sea-AT-tel&quot; or &quot;Sea-ELTH&quot; - not even close.
Thanks for enlightening us on the correct way then.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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The town name "Sedro Woolley" makes me giggle every time I pass through.
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Old 04-27-2015, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle & Seal Beach
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If you tell them how to say it, how are we supposed to know they are outsiders?
Not to worry. We'll be saying the 5, the 405, the 90 & more. I think it's a hard habit to break because we also have a 5 & a 405 in southern California. We have a 90, but 91 is more well-known & travelled so 90 isn't as hard to change. But I don't really want to say "I" before every numbered freeway.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Not to worry. We'll be saying the 5, the 405, the 90 & more. I think it's a hard habit to break because we also have a 5 & a 405 in southern California. We have a 90, but 91 is more well-known & travelled so 90 isn't as hard to change. But I don't really want to say "I" before every numbered freeway.
I-5, or The 5. Same amount of syllables, more letters. Which one takes longer to say?
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Other strange named towns in WA state:

Bucoda (a peaceful plague?)
Conconully (rolls off the tongue)
Elmer City (named after any one of a number of Elmers)
Concrete (town founder clearly lacked creativity)
Krupp ("crap" in German? who took the coffee maker?)
Wilbur (see Elmer City)
Bingen (for how long?)
Kahlotus (a new cocktail?)
Vader (forceful)
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:52 PM
 
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Other strange named towns in WA state:

Bucoda (a peaceful plague?)
Conconully (rolls off the tongue)
Elmer City (named after any one of a number of Elmers)
Concrete (town founder clearly lacked creativity)
Krupp ("crap" in German? who took the coffee maker?)
Wilbur (see Elmer City)
Bingen (for how long?)
Kahlotus (a new cocktail?)
Vader (forceful)
Ilwaco(named for an early day crazy person?)
Walla Walla(The town so nice they named it twice)
and then the Ish sisters:
Swinomish
Snohomish
Suquamish
Anybody mention Twisp?(sounds like something you'd say if you had a speech impediment).
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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More towns in WA state:

Steptoe (not as densely populated as the name suggests, underground beginner Irish dancing subculture)
Oysterville (tasty but smelly town)
Ritzville (it's not)
Tokeland (the whole state could be called that)
Touchet ("you got me" made even more French)
Humptulips (better to do after the crowds diminish)
Moclips (use a smaller trimmer guard to shave my head)
Inchelium (confused corporate structure in the balloon gas industry)
Eltopia (paradise for Hispanic males)
Cosmopolis (it's not)
Dixie (it is indeed in the south of our state)

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Old 04-28-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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One of the most mispronounced placenames in Washington is Yakima. When helping people to pronounce Yakima, think "Omaha", "Wichita", "Yakima". It's supposed to come out "YACK-i-MAW", slightly more emphasis on "YACK" than "MAW".
Wenatchee ("wuh-NA-chee" - short "A"), which is the county seat of Bonanza Peak's Chelan County.

There always seems to be confusion on pronouncing Chelan, but the locals say it "shuh-LAN" (short "A").
"Methow" is pronounced with silent "h" and the syllable breaks at the "e" and "t" as in "Me-tow" where the "e" in "Me" sounds like the "e" in "meth" and the "tow" rhymes with "brow". But then, if you say it quick enough, Met-tow, Met-ow, and Me-tow all sound the same.

Washington: "WASHINGTON" (not WARSH-ing-tun!)
Spokane: "spo-KAN" (long "o", short "A")
Pend Oreille (county north of Spokane): "PON-dohr-AY" or "PON-der-AY"
Asotin (county in southeast corner of Washington): "uh-SOHT-n"
Okanogan (county in north central Washington): "oak-u-NAW-gun"
Whatcom (county of Mount Baker): "WHAWT-***"
Skagit (just south of Whatcom County): "SKA-jit" (short "A")
Snohomish (county of Glacier Peak): "snow-HOME-ish"
Wahkiakum (county in southwest Washington): "wuh-KI-uh-***" (long "I")
Skamania (county of Mount Saint Helens): "skuh-MAY-nia"
Klickitat: "KLICK-i-tat"
Kittitas: "KITT-i-tass" [
Tieton: "tye'-e-tun"
Montesano: The third syllable is pronounced "sane". The "a" is long.
Cheney: "chee-nee"
Puyallup "pew-wallop"
Sequim: "squim"
Mazama: The second syllable is pronounced "zam", not "zahm"
Poulsbo: "pauls'-bo"
Colville: "call'-ville", not "coal-ville"
Shi Shi: "shy shy"
Padilla Bay: as in Spanish, the pair of l's are silent.
Guemes Island: two syllables, "GWEM' - es"
Lake Keechelus: "Catch - less", using two syllables, not three.
Copalis Beach: use long "o" and long "a".
Skamokawa: "ska-MOCK-away"
Tekoa: "TEE' - koh". Tekoa the town is at the base of Tekoa Mountain, the Whitman County highpoint.
Latah: "LAH' - tah"
Skookumchuck: "SKUK-um-chuck"
Swinomish: tribe members say "SWIN-uh-mish", rather than "swin-O-mish".
Semiahmoo: "seh-mee-AH-moo"
Tulalip: "too-LAY-lip"
Cle Elem: "clay-ELL-um"
Bangor: "Banger"
Steilacoom: "STILL-uh-***"
Dosewallip: use four syllables.
Anacortes: City founder Amos Bowman named the town after his wife, Anna Curtis, but gave it some Spanish flair to go with the San Juan Islands. Pronounce her name, but with an "O" instead of a "U".)
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