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5 Lone Star State Place Names That Only Texans Can Pronounce With Ease

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In the Lone Star State, it comes as no surprise to locals that some of our town and city names are mispronounced by those from out of town. However, in truth, even some natives have trouble with the Texas verbiage every now and then. Here are five Lone Star State place names that only Texans can pronounce properly (and if you can’t, you need to get in some practice!)

1. Boerne

5 Lone Star State Place Names That Only Texans Can Pronounce With Ease

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Although many are tempted to pronounce this as “Born” or “Burn,” Boerne is actually pronounced with a long “e” on the end…as in “Burn-nee.”

2. Burnet

5 Lone Star State Place Names That Only Texans Can Pronounce With Ease

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Similar in fashion to what you would say about the paperwork when you’re done paying off your mortgage, Burnet is actually pronounced “Burn-it,” as opposed to “Burnette.”

3. Bexar County

5 Lone Star State Place Names That Only Texans Can Pronounce With Ease

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Despite the fact that many from out of town will want to pronounce the “x” as in “Bex-are,” the truth is that Bexar is simply pronounced “Bear.” Easy-peasy.

4. Joaquin

5 Lone Star State Place Names That Only Texans Can Pronounce With Ease

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Pronounced like you’re trying to say you’re out for a stroll (“Waaa-keen”), Joaquin is one of the more mispronounced Lone Star State names out there. First, the “j” throws people off, and then the usual “ui” sound soon follows.

5. Mexia

5 Lone Star State Place Names That Only Texans Can Pronounce With Ease

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Mexia, if you sound it out properly, is pronounced “Mu-hay-ah,” which totally throws non-Texas people off! There are certainly plenty more mispronunciations happening around this state, but for now, this is the starter kit for those looking to visit and not sound too much out of place!