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How do you pronounce the word Oregon?

CoolTech

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I am seeing some conflicting views on the pronunciation. I say its Ore-ghun and my gf pronounces it as Ore-"gone". Which is correct?
 

Born2bwire

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I say Or-gone, Oregonians say Or-guhn (and I've heard a small minority say Or-eh-guhn).
 

NL5

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Or-eh-guhn

That's probably the closest. ( I live just outside Portland)
 

Ika

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I say it both ways :confused:

When I saw the thread title, I thought "ore-guhn". Then, I thought of Oregon Trail, which I would pronounce "ohr-ray-gone" trail.
 

IEC

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Oh-reh-gun.

I live in the Portland, OR area when I'm not at school.
 

IEC

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Originally posted by: Summit
Super Northern California?
Despite the Californian invasion of the 80s/90s, no.
 

Rubycon

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I worked with someone that pronounced it "Ogre-Run". :Q

I hear "organ" a lot too.
 

jpeyton

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orygun

Also, for any visitors of our state, here are a few other common mispronunciations (with their name followed by the correct phonetic spelling):

Tigard = Tie-gerd

Couch = Cooch

Tualatin = Too-ah-la-tin

Willamette = Wil-am-it
 

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