If You Can Pronounce These 9 Words, You’ve Lived In Oregon For Far Too Long

Last year, more people moved to Oregon than almost any other state in the nation. With so many newcomers around, our state’s place names are being butchered left and right. Considering that even longtime Oregonians have trouble with some of these, it must be a real struggle for newbies to wrap their tongue around some of our unique words. Here are nine words that only true Oregonians can pronounce:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

As every true Oregonian knows, many of the incoming newbies are transplants from our neighbor to the south… and it’s pretty funny to watch Californians try their hardest to pronounce Oregon words. Check out our video of the results (to be fair, some of them did better than others!)

How many of these places do you pronounce correctly? What other words that only Oregonians can pronounce would you add to the list? Share them (and the proper pronunciation) in the comments below!

Looking for more fun with words? Here are 10 words and phrases you’ll only understand if you’re from Oregon.