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Most Americans Will Struggle to Pronounce These 50 Town Names

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47. Tulare, South Dakota
> Total characters: 6
> Total vowels: 3
> Population: 256

Tulare (“too-LAYR”) is in Spink County, South Dakota. This name derives from the Classical Nahuatl (a language spoken by the Aztec) word “tōllin” (“sedge” or “reeds”), by way of Spanish.

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45. Weaubleau, Missouri
> Total characters: 9
> Total vowels: 6
> Population: 545

This is pronounced “WAH-bloh,” according to a Missouri pronunciation guide, although some maintain it is “we-bah-low” or “we-blow.”

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48. Weir, Kansas
> Total characters: 4
> Total vowels: 2
> Population: 528

Weir, pronounced “WEER,” is a coal- and zinc-mining town named after an early landowner, T.M. Weir.

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49. Weyauwega, Wisconsin
> Total characters: 9
> Total vowels: 6
> Population: 1,790

Weyauwega means “here we rest” because the location was a stopping between two rivers where Native Americans had to portage their canoes. It’s pronounced “wy-a-WEE-ga,” but the locals just call it “Wega.”

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50. Wiederkehr Village, Arkansas
> Total characters: 17
> Total vowels: 7
> Population: 35

Wiederkehr is the name of a winery as well as a village. Locals say it’s pronounced “witter-kur” or “wee-da-kuhur,” depending on how much you’ve had to drink.