A fun quiz popped up again on my Facebook feed last week from our Texas State Representive Ryan Guillens page.
It had first made its appearance in 2015 via the Houston Chronicle asking if people knew the correct pronunciation of several small Texas towns.
The main photo on Rep. Guillens page was that of Jourdanton. The question Jourdanton is pronounced
Of course the correct answer is B if youre from around these parts. If not, Ill give a bit of leeway here since it is named for Jourdan Campbell who founded said city in 1909.
When new residents move into our county, you can be certain that they will pronounce it like A. Or, they may say Jordington. Even Pleasanton falls into that mispronunciation.
For me, it is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Id rather them mash all the letters together and say Pled-non instead.
My former college friend reminded me of the old joke about the two men traveling through East Texas. They stopped at a fast food restaurant in Mexia.
Locals pronounce the town My-hair but Ma-hay-uh is the correct way and the two men ask the counter person Please say where we are, very slowly, to settle a bet.
The employee responds Da-ir-y Qu-ee-n!
The way I see it, all kidding aside, we Texans have funny ways to say things. The names of towns are among many, Im sure.
Heres the link if it is hard to find on Facebook.
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.