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Most People Will Struggle to Pronounce These Town Names

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26. Lindisfarne, Montana
> Total characters: 11
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 165

Lindisfarne (“LIN-dis-FARN”) is located on Flathead Lake near the Flathead Reservation and Glacier National Park. The town is named after Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a tidal island in England.

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27. Moweaqua, Illinois
> Total characters: 8
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 1,854

A farming community in the middle of the state, Moweaqua (“moh-WEEK-wuh’) is known for its corn and soybean production.

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28. Neahkahnie, Oregon
> Total characters: 10
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 72

Neahkahnie (“NEE-uh-kah-nee”) is a small town located along the Oregon Coast, at the foot of Neahkahnie Mountain. Legend has it that Spanish sailors buried a treasure in the mountain in the 16th century.

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29. Ohiowa, Nebraska
> Total characters: 6
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 164

Ohiowa is pronounced like Ohio with a “wa” added. When the town was established, settlers from Ohio wanted to name it after their state, while those from Iowa preferred theirs. The dispute was settled by combining the two state names.

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30. Owyhee, Nevada
> Total characters: 6
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 1,104

This is another town name with an odd history — it’s an anglicization of Hawai’i and is pronounced the same way.

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