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Most People Will Struggle to Pronounce These Town Names

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37. Quinebaug, Connecticut
> Total characters: 9
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 1,545

Quinebaug (“quinn-a-bog”) is a town in northeastern Connecticut. The name comes from a southern New England Native American term meaning “long pond.”

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38. Quiogue, New York
> Total characters: 7
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 728

Quiogue is pronounced “kwi-og.” The first syllable rhymes with “why,” and the second rhymes with “bog.” To complicate things, it’s next to Quogue, which is simply pronounced “kwog.”

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39. Quonochontaug, Rhode Island
> Total characters: 13
> Total vowels: 6
> Population: 606

Quonochontaug, which means black fish, is pronounced “KWAHN-ah-kahn-tawg,” although even locals have difficulty with it. Rhode Island has many hard-to-pronounce names, legacies of five Indian tribes that lived there: the Narragansetts, Niantics, Nipmucks, Pequots, and Wampanoags.

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40. Runnemede, New Jersey
> Total characters: 9
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 8,391

Runnemede (pronounced “RUN-a-meade”) was most likely named after Runnymede in England, though there is a story, most likely apocryphal, that the name comes from the chant at a local tavern for: “Rum we need!”

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41. Saxapahaw, North Carolina
> Total characters: 9
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 1,370

Saxapahaw is named for the Sissipahaw tribe and is pronounced “sax-uh-puh-haw” (although some locals shorten it to “sax-p’haw”).

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