Help Is On The Way: Pronunciation Guide for Wisconsin City, Town & County Names

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Madeline Island Realty 50317-90

"Miss Pronouncer" has come to the rescue!

The Miss Pronouncer website is described as a "resource for audio pronunciations of cities, parks, lawmakers, Indian tribes, towns, counties, villages, forests and sports figures specific to Wisconsin".  The site provides audio guides to pronunciation of all the above, plus photos, fun facts, links to tourism resources and more.

You can look up names of legislators, candidates, judges, townships, county seat locations, parks & forests, Native American casinos and more.  There are even lists of famous folks from Wisconsin on television and in film, theater, sports, music, comedy, politics, business, art and science.  This site could be considered the ultimate resource for Wisconsin trivia buffs!

In our own Apostle Islands area, I've heard tourists (and a few natives) struggle with words like "Chequamegon", "Lac Court Oreilles" and "Ashwabay".  Madeline Island visitors usually have trouble pronouncing "Equaysayway" as well! 

This website should be in everyone's "Favorites" on their laptop (or better yet, on a PDA).  It's something like Rosetta Stone for Midwesterners!

 

 

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Patricia Kennedy
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I think every town could use this.  I remember in New York finding out the Houston Street was pronouced "How-ston Street".  Indian names often really need a helper.
Dec 11, 2007 02:23 PM #1
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Doreen McPherson
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WisCONsin.  That's how you say it, right?  I'll have to play around on this site to see if I will be able to learn the language.  :)  
Did you get the email I sent?   
Dec 11, 2007 02:26 PM #2
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Donna Harris
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Does it include mid-West accents?
Dec 11, 2007 02:35 PM #3
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Martin Abeshaus
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Wow... we need to get a site like this for Massachusetts.  I actually have a 'draft' post waiting to be finished on the pronounciations in our state.... Leominster is LO (rhymes with DOE) LO-Minster.  Worcester is Woo-Ster... the Woo from WOOD.  And on and on. 
Dec 11, 2007 03:51 PM #4
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Eric Kodner
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Pat -- Yes, I've had my problems with names of towns in Massachussetts that have Native American origins!

Say, I just learned the other day that you are a flutist!  Do you have a Union card?  Know any duets for flute and french horn?

Dec 11, 2007 04:23 PM #5
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Eric Kodner
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Doreen, you've got it right!

Did you send it to my Minnesota or my Wisconsin email?

Dec 11, 2007 04:25 PM #6
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Eric Kodner
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Donna, it sounds like the place names are all in good old "plain vanilla" Midwestern accents.
Dec 11, 2007 04:27 PM #7
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Eric Kodner
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Martin, YES Massachussetts needs a pronunciation guide like this one!  Let me know if you find something like that on the Web.

Dec 11, 2007 04:28 PM #8
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MinneSOta, ya sure, that's where I sent it.  

 

Dec 11, 2007 06:25 PM #9
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That's the address you sent me email from before...
Dec 11, 2007 06:26 PM #10
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Eric Kodner
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Doreen, okay I'll look there. Thanks!
Dec 11, 2007 06:34 PM #11
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Eric-Okay here is some trivia.  My mom was born and raised in Viola WI.  In fact my grandfather started "Pony Days" which celebrated it's 75 anniversary a few years ago.  What is the nickname of that area?  When my grandmother was alive she had all kinds of Indian stories from the tribe that often camped on their property.  
Dec 11, 2007 08:50 PM #12
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Eric Kodner
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Cindy -- Great trivia question!!  It's very cool that you have a family background in Wisconsin.  Sounds like your grandfather was an important figure in the town's start.

Okay, Viola is called the "heart of the Kickapoo Valley".  The town's website calls it "Southwest Wisconsin's Best Kept Secret".

There's a "Horse & Colt Show" each September (is that the "Pony Days" thing?).  Pioneers mined the area for lead in the 1800s, which means there must have been Uranium there hundreds of millions of years ago! 

I've never been to Viola, but you've gotten me interested.  How did I do with the trivia stuff?

 

Dec 11, 2007 09:00 PM #13
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Eric-great job!  Yes the Horse and Colt Show is it.  My grandfather started it to show off his stud stock and it grew from there.  My mom who is now 93 and my Aunt now 96 along were the the "grand marshals" for the parade for the 75th anniversary.  My grandfather had about 400 acres and was of course a dairy farmer.  I spent at least a couple of weeks every summer on the farm.  According to my mom the cliffs that we could see from the family farm were formed when the glaciers pulled away from the area.  Now about the other area I used to spend time in the summer....Oconomowoc :-)  

Dec 11, 2007 09:10 PM #14
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Eric Kodner
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Cindy, Oconomowoc is very pretty too!  I love Lac LaBelle & the Lake Okauchee area.  Most of the time, I'm heading to Milwaukee or Chicago and I wind up driving past it, unfortunately. 

Oconomowoc is supposed to mean "where the waters meet". 

Do you ever come back to Wisconsin to visit?

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Eric:  This site is pretty neat... we need one for Tennessee!!  
Dec 12, 2007 03:00 PM #16
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Jan -- Gee, maybe someone should create a nationwide pronunciation guide!
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