How Do You Say That? Washington Edition.

Jan 29, 2015

A while back, we asked our Twitter followers how they pronounce Boise, the capital of Idaho. Turns out Idahoans say Boise different than most people. 

This got us thinking: What are Washington’s hardest-to-say names? So, here’s a short list of tricky Washington names that even the most reliable Washingtonian might mispronounce. Are you saying them right?

Puyallup

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For anyone not native to the Northwest, Puyallup is a tricky one. So we won’t beat around the bush with this one. Puyallup: pyoo-AL-up.

Factoid:

Two thousand Native Americans populated the Puyallup Valley when the first European settler passed through in the 1830s. It wasn’t until 1877, however, that Puyallup’s founding father, Ezra Meeker, laid the city plan.

Issaquah

Credit http://www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/)

Similar to Puyallup, maybe a foreign name to any non-Washingtonian. And even then, anyone not familiar with this Native American name could easily mispronounce it. So, how do you say it? ISS-ah-kwah.

Factoid:

The original town hall is now a museum that houses Issaquah’s original water pipes, original Native American artifacts, and graffiti that had been hidden for 75 years. The back of the Gilman Town Hall Museum leads directly to the old jail.

Snoqualmie

Credit http://www.snoqualmiefalls.com/)

With the Northwest being as rich in Native American history as it is, we have another town named after the tribe that original inhabited the area: Snoqualmie, pronounced sno-KWAHL-mee.

Factoid:

Snoqualmie is best known for the Snoqualmie Falls, a 268-foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River. However, a lesser-known attraction is Washington’s largest railway museum, which is located in the downtown area.

Sequim

Credit http://www.visitsunnysequim.com/)

Sequim. Now how do you say that? sAH-kweem, sEE-kwehm. No and no. It’s skwim.

Factoid:

Sequim is the official Lavender Capital of the Northwest and has dozens of lavender farms, most of which are open for u-pick.

Sprague

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At first glance, this might seem like an easy one: sprAHg (or sprAH-goo, if you want). Nope, this one is trickier than that: sprayg.

Factoid:

Sprague is a town where a visitor can get the best of both worlds: country and city. It’s only 30 minutes away from Spokane, but still remains a small, country community. The town’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places