Idaho: Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene (pronounced kore-duh-LANE ) is the county seat of Kootenai (KOO-tuhn-ee) County, Idaho, and the name of a Native American tribe that lived in the area and called themselves the Schitsu’umsh (it’s OK to say “Skitswish” for this one). Traveling to Idaho? Make sure to pick up the best gift that represents the state.
With a population of under 500 at last count, it’s unlikely that many people know that this town’s name is pronounced Oh-CHEE-den. There is a common misconception that the highest point in Iowa is the Ocheyedan Mound, but it’s actually 15 feet short of the actual highest point in Iowa (Hawkeye Point, with an elevation of 1,670 feet above sea level).Traveling to Iowa? Make sure to check out the Iowa State Fair, arguably one of the best state fairs in U.S. history.
Osawatomie, Kansas, had its 15 minutes of fame after President Obama visited in 2011, and a couple of public radio hosts butchered the name. They apologized for not knowing it’s pronounced Oh-so-WAH-tah-mee. “No apology necessary,” commented one listener. “It’s a tricky word.”
The town of Tyewhoppety, Kentucky is thought to be named for either the slang term meaning an “un-kept looking person” or the Shawnee word for “place of no return.” In any case, it’s pronounced Tih-WAH-pih-tee.
There are only 35 people living in Seboies, Maine, so it’s no wonder that not a lot of people know that it’s pronounced Seh-BOW-iss. Since Maine residents are famous for being people of few words, we’re going to stop here except to show you these stunning photos of Maine’s puffins.
It only LOOKS like a palindrome, and that’s what makes it so hard to pronounce. You see, the”g” at the end of “Glenelg” is silent. So, it’s “Glen-EL”.