November 20, 2014

Pronunciation guide goes high-tech

With a wealth of locales with Native American and French origins, correctly pronouncing Wisconsin place names has long been a challenge. A new online tool makes the task easier. State Cartographer Howard Veregin said it was a natural connection – combining the resources of his agency with the MissPronouncer website, which contains correct pronunciations for thousands of Wisconsin places.

What that means for the user is a simple point and click map that lets you hear the correct pronunciation for more than 1,700 counties, cities, villages and unincorporated communities. Veregin said that the map can be expanded over time, adding on to already tricky names users look for help with, such as Lake Buttes Des Morts and the Chequamegon National Forest.