Ohio Proud brought together a group of Californians to entertain us Ohioans with attempts to pronounce Ohio’s cities’ names
. To be fair, many of our state’s towns are named after Native American tribes and their various languages — Chillicothe is Shawnee, and Tuscarawas derives from the Delaware languages — but some pronunciations are just downright silly… Versailles? Russia?
Raise your hand if you learned a few new proper pronunciations for yourself; I’ve been driving through Gnadenhutten for years and never knew about that ‘ji’ sound at all. Frankly it’s much more amusing to say GUH - NAD - DEN - HUT -TEN, in my opinion. Alert the township, their name has changed.
I guess we’ve taken it for granted, being Ohioans, growing up with these funky words incorporated into our vocabulary.
Check out the video below:
What’re some of your favorite Ohio town names?