What Town Is the Most Mispronounced in All of Washington?
I've lived in Washington since 2014 and have difficulty with the names of towns.
It's true that you can tell an out-of-towner when they butcher the name of a town or city. I do it all the time. In fact, I have to ask a co-worker almost daily how to pronounce the name of a particular county, river, or landmark.
According to Best Life Online, the MOST mispronounced town in the country is Wayzata, Minnesota. It's technically pronounced wai-zeh'tuh...or (why-Zetta, if you're from Minnesota).
OK, that's Minnesota, but what about Washington?
Sequim is #6 on the list of most mispronounced towns in the nation. I've always pronounced it See-Kwim. Actually, it's pronounced "Skwim." I never knew this till recently. I once almost booked an Airbnb in Sequim.
Naturally, I had to research the town. I learned that Sequim is known for lavender.
Sequim is very well known for its beautiful lavender farms. In fact, there's a Lavender Festival celebrated on the third weekend of July. People from all over the world visit the area for all things lavender. A number of the lavender farms offer tours and lavender picking. The town also hosts a street fair for the event.
Sequim is also famous for Dungeness Crab.
The crab gets its name from the town of Dungeness, near Sequim. Before Sequim became a town, there was Dungeness, about five miles to the north.
Now that I know more about Sequim and how to pronounce it properly, I'll have to book that Airbnb sooner than later. Maybe I'll book it for next year's Lavender Festival.