10 Arizona Places Nobody Really Knows How to Pronounce

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By Martin1971, via Wikimedia Commons
It's a Casa, and it's Grande.


Thanks to the language differences among Anglos, Mexicans, and various Native American tribes, there are a whole lot of places around Arizona that no one really seems to know how to pronounce.

Check out 10 such places, along with our best ideas for how they're supposed to be pronounced:

10.) Fort Huachuca

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By Vanessa Valentine [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A lot of people do know this one, and unlike many on this list, this one's not really open to interpretation. Wa-CHOO-kuh.


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43 comments
Valerie Ann
Valerie Ann

Go punch yourself in the throat, NTW. TEMPee? Puh-leez!

Mike Shea
Mike Shea

funny; I know we never called it "press kot" we called it press kit. They left off ways to pronounce Papago. We used to laugh if people said it as "Pop Ago" instead of "Pap Ago"... never seem to hear that anymore though... maybe I got that backwards lol

kentankeris
kentankeris

Miami, AZ is pronounced MY-AM-MUH by the locals there. 

brianmayeux
brianmayeux

you forgot aguila. A-gee-La... which is wrong... Ag-eee-la... which is correct..

Peter Arceo
Peter Arceo

I moved here 3 yrs ago, this was an awesome article…from an outsider's perspective it was nice to know I'm not the only one who struggles with the pronunciation of these words.

Suzanne Kranicz
Suzanne Kranicz

I asked a friend how locals pronounce Casa Grande, since she was born there, and she said it depended on who you talk to, but both are correct Cass-uh Grand and Cossa GRON-day.

Bill Klinesmith
Bill Klinesmith

Fort Huachuca; in southern Arizona, Cochise stronghold I delivered 2 whole truck loads of furniture there.and when I left I came by the big ass copper mine down there , man what a big hole in the ground..:)

Marjie J McClellan
Marjie J McClellan

I imagine this was written by a Snow Bird. No self respecting native would have written this. We just point and laugh.

Eleanor Rigby
Eleanor Rigby

For the Tohono O'odham, you could have asked actual O'odham people, who live on the Gila River Indian Reservation, how to pronounce it. Ya know, instead of asking researchers....For some crazy reason, I'm just sure these people know how to pronounce what they call themselves. Crazy, I know.

Jeremy Dougherty
Jeremy Dougherty

I've never actually heard anyone, local or otherwise, call it muggy-own. I've only heard Moe-Gee-ON as David said. But guess it depends on who you run into and how they say it.

David Campbell
David Campbell

everybody calls is Cassa Grand. Even the Mexicans. Not Casa Grande

Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

"If you're in the area, you're likely going to hear either Muggy-on or Muggy-own. We're inclined to believe the National Park Service on this: Moe-go-YONE." WTF?!? Please tell me I am not the only one reading this who has never once heard ANYONE, including people who actually live there, pronounce it "moe-go-YONE". I've been to and known people from all over rim country, everyone always pronounces it "muggy-on."

bill_van_jax
bill_van_jax

80% unsubstantiated, unresearched drivel.

scottsdaleblessed
scottsdaleblessed

Okay what about that castle on Washington just N. of 44th St, I still dont know how to say, Tovrea Castle?

BigBob
BigBob

It's funny how most of these names are "native" names (whether "Indian" or Spanish), but we pick and choose which ones to correctly pronounce.  


Press-kit is ridiculous.  Your town was named after an East-coaster named Prescott, who never set foot in Prescitt or Scittsdale either.  Say it proudly and incorrectly if you like, I refuse.

skip.nelson
skip.nelson

Long-time Arizonans said Cass-uh Grand before the Midwesterners arrived in droves. Frankly, I don't care how other people pronounce Casa Grande. But I bristle when recent transplants tell me I am mispronouncing the name of my own town or am being disrespectful to the Spanish language. In English, Casa Grande is pronounced Cass-uh Grand. In Spanish, it's pronounced KAH-sah GRAHN-day. Just like Tucson is pronounced TOO-sahn in English, TOOK-sohn in Spanish, and CHOOK-sohn (or thereabouts) in O'odham.

jenniferwheaton80
jenniferwheaton80

Umm, I always know someone isn't from AZ when they pronounce it "press-cot". I am pretty sure that is the correct way to pronounce it, but as a native of 33yrs, it has always been 'press-kit". They also missed Ajo, I have heard it pronounced 'a-JO", not "ah-ho". Also; Gila Bend as "gee-la", not 'hee-la". 

Caryn Braunstein
Caryn Braunstein

If you live in AZ and you can't pronounce at least 80% of these words, you might be a moron. What an ignorant article!

Rick Villa
Rick Villa

I know you got this , Deb..you're ol'skool....

Deborah Baker
Deborah Baker

I agree with you Rick .. Even the white chick knows how to pronounce all 10 places .. I got this ;-)

Jukes
Jukes topcommenter

I blame Midwesterners for mangling the lovely native languages of the Sonoran Desert region.  There's no other reason for anyone pronouncing the simple Casa Grande as if they are from the south side of Chicago.  Yes, I know the mispronunciation of Los Angeles has taken over (at least it's an improvement over the hard G "angle-eeze" used by many transplants of the postwar era), but that's no excuse ... and why I call it L.A.  People who sneer at those who use proper Spanish or tribal pronunciations are the same ones who go to France and say "Pair-iss" to the natives. 

skip.nelson
skip.nelson

The item on Casa Grande is partly true. The Casa Grande Ruins, located in Coolidge, are pronounced Cossa GRON-day. But Casa Grande the city is pronouned Cass-uh Grand. If you use the Spanish pronunciation for the city, it's a dead giveaway that you're not from around here. The names of many cities across the country also have become Anglicized, and that's OK. How many people do you know who say lohs AHN-hay-lays?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

PRESS-cot? No. The majority of tv and radio announcers (especially on 12News and KJJZ) call it Press-CUT. Inflection on cut.

Toby San
Toby San

I really like the New Times, but these slide-show articles (so that you guys can maximize ad impressions) is just crap. Stop it, please.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

No, it's pronounced Fort Hoocheekoochee.

wqcharleston
wqcharleston

Tlaquepaque?  Is it pronouncd "TEE-la-Que-Pack-ee"?


David Garza
David Garza

Where's canyon de chelly on this list???

EYESAYS
EYESAYS

Arizona Natives know how to pronounce all of them, you dumb transplants.

Rick Villa
Rick Villa

It drives me crazy when news readers and weather people mispronounce these words on the local newscasts. ..I beg to differ on casa GRON-day, though..try GRAN- deh

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Not too many years ago, the Tempe web page featured an audio recording of the Mayor giving the correct pronunciation as "tem-PEE".



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