A Guide to Pronouncing Idaho Town Names Like a Local
There isn’t anything that will ‘out’ a visitor or new resident like mispronouncing a town name. This isn’t like moving to a country where there is a language barrier. Idaho is not immune to the weird pronunciation of cities and towns.
In Idaho, one of the most often mispronounced cities (probably because it is the State Capitol) is Boise. Heaven forbid you pronounce it BOY-zee. It is BOY-see and anyone who lives here knows it. Let’s take a gander at other names that will get you tarred and feathered for mispronunciation.
Athol - a bad word with a lisp, or like bath without the b, ATH-ull.
Buhl - might be bull, nope. BEE-yew-ull, but all in one syllable.
Castleford - not castle-ferd, castle-FORED you will be vilified for getting it wrong.
Coeur d’Alene - looks scary, but is just core-duh-LANE
Dietrich - could be diet rich, but it isn’t. Go with DEE-trick
Kootenai - kinda like cootie, but KOO-ten-ee with a soft ‘t’.
Kooskia - This one is KOOS-kee. I called the Chamber of Commerce.
Kuna - try it like you were saying tuna being fancy - the letter Q+nuh.
Shoshone - town, not the tribe. show-SHOWN.
Weippe - So, WEE-ipe, is that right? Maybe they told me wrong as a joke.
Weiser - WEE-zer, Not like Brad, who pronounces his last name WIZE-er
If you really want a challenge, go for Pend Oreille. It’s a lake and a county. Epic fail unless you say pon-der-AY.
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