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Fan Mail: You Say Sho-shone, I Say Shoshonee

As a long-time Idahoan, Koot-nee is right on. But how about my county? I think we can all agree it’s Sho-shone; but I have heard people who should know better say it as “Shoshonee.” A real puzzle is between two Idaho towns, Clarkia and Kooskia. Both have the same last letters, KIA. When you go to Kooskia, you better call it Kooskee, but when you go to Clarkia, you call it Clarkia. Figure that one out. Sometimes even the natives aren’t sure just what to call a local place name. I lived for awhile in Allentown, Pa. (yes, that Allentown celebrated in song.) A nearby place name is Schuylkill. The locals aren’t in full agreement on how to pronounce it. The consensus seems to be Sky-Kill. I won’t even attempt to spell some of the other choices!

Art Anderson

P.S. I think this is supposed to go by something called a “Blog” but I don’t know how to do that.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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