Special Report

Most People Will Struggle to Pronounce These Town Names

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31. Picayune, Mississippi
> Total characters: 8
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 10,528

This town has an unusual history — it was named after the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, which the founder liked. It derives from a Spanish coin and is pronounced “pi-kuh-yoon.”

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32. Ponshewaing, Michigan
> Total characters: 11
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 38

Ponshewaing (PON-she-wang) was a railroad stop before it was a town. Some say it means “peaceful waters,” others say “winter home.”

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33. Port Hueneme, California
> Total characters: 7
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 22,262

Port Hueneme (“wy-nee-mee”) is a seaside community in Ventura County. The name derives from a Chumash word (“wene’mu”) meaning “resting place.”

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34. Quechee, Vermont
> Total characters: 7
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 339

There isn’t just a town called Quechee (“kwee-chee”) in Vermont, there’s also Quechee State Park and the Quechee Gorge, and the equally hard-to-pronounce Ottauquechee River.

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36. Qui-nai-elt Village, Washington
> Total characters: 16
> Total vowels: 8
> Population: 79

Qui-nai-elt is a variation of Quinault and is pronounced “kwi-nail.” The town in the southeastern part of the Quinault Indian Nation.

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