Tuesday, April 16, 2013

List on the Internet delights Spokane by reinforcing our belief that everyone mispronounces our city name

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

click to enlarge spokan2.png.jpg

You may have heard that Fox News says Spokane is America’s most commonly mispronounced city. You may have heard this on TV, or seen the link passed around on social media.

There doesn’t appear to be any science or survey behind this list, but writer Laura Kelly appears to be an expert on thing sort of thing — her other recent contributions include “10 coolest 20th century-era skyscrapers,” “7 record-breaking tunnels from around the world” and “8 mind-blowing volcanoes that you can visit.”

Kelly, a probably-23-year-old lifestyles freelancer for Fox News since December, has no apparent ties to the Northwest that would explain Spokane’s prominence on her list. Maybe she noticed all the mispronunciations while watching Gonzaga basketball on TV earlier this year. Or maybe she just did a Google search for “most mispronounced city names” and came across this as the top result. Or this. Who knows? That’s just her job, to type out words in a reasonable order to fill up the internet.

It’s possible Spokane really is America’s most commonly mispronounced city. As far as I can tell there aren’t any real rankings to disprove the list, and of course there’s something irresistably satisfying about arguing over which city is the most wronged. Spokane isn’t the only city on the list getting a bit overexcited about it.

But can we all please agree to stop calling these “rankings”? It’s a list. Written by a just-out-of-college freelancer on the East Coast. Let’s all stop being so excited about things that pass no test of credibility other than reinforcing what we already want to think.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: ,

Speaking of Culture

  • Swamp Things
  • Swamp Things

    CdA Summer Theater wraps its season with the familiar yet lovable Shrek
    • Aug 12, 2015
  • Rock Opera and Fart Jokes
  • Rock Opera and Fart Jokes

    Twelfth Night takes the line "If music be the food of love, play on" and runs with it
    • Aug 5, 2015
  • Buggin' Out
  • Buggin' Out

    Republic's new summer festival features an unlikely menu
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • More »


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Pig Out in the Park

Pig Out in the Park @ Riverfront Park

Sept. 2-7

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Top Topics in Bloglander

News (156)

Music (32)

Arts & Culture (26)

For Fun! (18)

Marijuana (16)

© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation