Are you new to Michigan?

Have you ever had a physical fight over how to pronounce Gogebic County?

Need to know how to pronounce ANY word you might run across in Michigan? There's a website for that now. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has a web page featuring all the correct pronunciations of words as developed by the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. Makes sense - with all the audio books and services offered now.

It's a long list, which takes you from the late singer and actress Aaliyah, who was from Detroit, to the city of Zilwaukee. It provides the written pronunciation and a link to an audio file to hear what it's supposed to sound like.

For grammar sticklers, speaking of Detroit, the guide offers both pronunciations of Detroit - (go ahead - click on the highlighted link and see how it works):

Detroit (1)    (DĒ-troit)

Detroit (2)    (də-TROIT)

And, finally, the correct way to say Gogebic    (gō-GĒ-bik)

For bonus points, go ahead - pronounce this: Wequetonsing    (wek-wə-TON-sing)


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