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#25647 - 04/06/01 01:53 PM Re: Words to describe people  
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Geoff, I've heard Oregon is derived from a Native American name for the Columbia River.

Here's an Oregon pronunciation quiz:
How is Owyhee pronounced? And what other place (completely unlike it) is it named for?

- Respecfully submittted by an Oregonism


#25648 - 04/07/01 03:21 AM Re: Words to describe people  
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Geoff, I've heard Oregon is derived from a Native American name for the Columbia River.

That's the other main theory, all right. Funny thing, nobody really knows for sure.

How is Owyhee pronounced? And what other place (completely unlike it) is it named for?

Pronounced just as it's spelled. As for the place, I'll guess it's the Sandwich Islands.

- Respecfully submittted by an Oregonism

If you're a real Oregonism, you host parasitic hydrophyllic organsims on your feet, and in the summer you don't tan, you rust! Remember the Oregon Un-greeting cards of the 1970s?


#25649 - 04/07/01 03:27 AM Re: Words to describe people  
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The days of yore are gone in Oregon?

Yore darned tootin' they is, sister! Why, the news travels so slow around these parts that the newspaper's called The Yoregonian, although some call it The Oregroanian.


#25650 - 04/07/01 01:01 PM Re: Words to describe people  
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That's the other main theory, all right. Funny thing, nobody really knows for sure.

Beg to differ. I think you will find a number of supporters of either one theory or the other do know for sure.


#25651 - 04/07/01 03:01 PM Re: Words to describe people  
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Geoff, I'm not sure it's fair for another Oregroanian to answer, but you are right about its origin. As for pronunciation, O - Wye - Hee. Named, I'm told by Oregon Field Guide, for a member of an early explorer's band who was from Hawaii.


#25652 - 04/16/01 04:05 PM Re: Words to describe people  
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if you be a Nu Englandah, you might just stand a chance of gettin' it right
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Giz-bun ? Like Liz-bun ?



#25653 - 04/17/01 12:33 AM Re: Words to describe people  
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Giz-bun ? Like Liz-bun ?

Close enough, me ole china. Though here in Zild we is mighty fond of that there schwa thingy, so the "bun" in each of your examples would likerly be heard as b-schwa-n. Of course, if we were talking slowly, sso as to be understood by furriners, our schwa would probably sound like a "u"


#25654 - 04/17/01 07:07 PM Re: Words to describe people  
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if you be a Nu Englandah...

...you might be thought to speak Yiddish.


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