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Wed Aug 26, 2015, 02:55 PM

Western States for Dummies - How to Pronounce Oregon and Nevada

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Reply Western States for Dummies - How to Pronounce Oregon and Nevada (Original post)
Las Vegas Mixx Aug 2015 OP
Maedhros Aug 2015 #1
LVZ Aug 2015 #2
Maedhros Aug 2015 #3
classof56 Aug 2015 #6
Maedhros Aug 2015 #7
classof56 Aug 2015 #10
Maedhros Aug 2015 #11
classof56 Aug 2015 #12
Maedhros Aug 2015 #13
classof56 Aug 2015 #14
LWolf Aug 2015 #15
bunnies Aug 2015 #4
LVZ Aug 2015 #5
Lydia Leftcoast Sep 2015 #17
HeiressofBickworth Aug 2015 #8
LWolf Aug 2015 #16
LVZ Aug 2015 #9
Las Vegas Mixx Mar 2016 #18

Response to Las Vegas Mixx (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 03:24 PM

1. It's like this:

 

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 03:35 PM

2. not really ... both vowels are very short ... almost like organ but not quite n/t

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Response to LVZ (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 03:44 PM

3. Born and raised here, so I get exactly what you're saying.

 

But for the average east-coaster, who has heard "or-ee-GONE" their whole life, it's close enough.

But you're right - it should be correctly pronounced "OR-uh-gun".

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 06:34 PM

6. Go Ducks!

Long-time Oregonian here, who cringes when it's pronounced wrong. I mean, really--Or-e-GONE? I do like James Cloutier's book, which I've had for ages, titled The Best of Orygun, or learning how to say "OREGON" so everyone won't think you're from New Jersey. What a kick!

Cheers

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Response to classof56 (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 06:39 PM

7. I have my Masters from Oregon, but Oregon State is my alma mater.

 

So it's "Go Beavers!" for me.

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 08:44 PM

10. I see green and yellow and think UO,

but the orange and black are just fine, too. Marcus Mariota did the Beavs and all of Oregon mighty proud!

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Response to classof56 (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 10:31 PM

11. (Mariota was a Duck)

 

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 09:09 AM

12. Oh, boy, am I embarrassed!

Must be the smoke that's descended upon us over here in Central Oregon. More likely, I just had one of those dreaded senior moments. Anyhow, Marcus is awesome and does all of Oregon proud!

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Response to classof56 (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 11:36 AM

13. He's going to do very well for the Tennessee Titans also...[n/t]

 

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 11:56 AM

14. I had kinda hoped he go with Chip's Eagles.

Will cheer the Titans on, of course, and might add that not only has Marcus made Oregon proud, he's made Hawaii proud, too.

And with that I'll just say, go Ducks and Go Beavs, too. Love the Civil War game!

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 28, 2015, 10:27 AM

15. I'm a platypus.



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Response to Las Vegas Mixx (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 04:26 PM

4. I live on the East Coast and Ive never in my life heard "Orygone".

 

Nevada and Colorado though... different story.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 05:38 PM

5. Really? Before Oregon started winning bowl games, it was fairly common ... see video

I have friends from the East Coast who pronounced it as Orry-Gone,

http://kidkbim.s3.amazonaws.com/kvaleagl-1358471618.10.smi.mp4

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Response to LVZ (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 5, 2015, 10:48 AM

17. In Minnesota, it was

"Orry-gahn."

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Response to Las Vegas Mixx (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 06:46 PM

8. Not to be left out

I've heard Non-PNW people pronounce my state Worshington. And most just give up trying to pronounce Puyallup and Sequim,

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 28, 2015, 10:29 AM

16. "worsh"

My midwestern mom always pronounced "wash" "worsh." It drove me crazy. I guess I nagged her as a kid; she tried to correct it. For the last couple of decades, it's been "wush." She never could get WASH.

I suspect "Worshington" has similar roots.

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Response to Las Vegas Mixx (Original post)

Tue Mar 8, 2016, 03:47 AM

18. Oregon is a French word ... like dragon and jargon

Oregon should NOT be pronounced like GREEK words polygon or hexagon.

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