Via someplace on Facebook:


You know the Vitamin d deficiency struggle is real.

You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Sammamish, Enumclaw and Issaquah.

You avoid driving through Seattle at all costs.

You know what a Geoduck is.

You consider swimming an indoor sport.

You see a person carrying an umbrella and instantly think tourist.

Your lawn is mostly moss and you don’t really care.

Honking your car horn is for absolute emergencies.

You’re EXTREMELY picky about your coffee.

“The mountain is out today”, isn’t a strange statement.

While out of state you just tell people you’re from Seattle since that’s the only known city in Washington according to the rest of the world.

You remember Almost Live.

You’ve eaten in the Space Needle, and while it was delicious, you’re never paying $50 for a meal in the sky again.

You rarely wash your car because it’s just going to get washed by the rain tomorrow.

You’re used to the phrase “No, not DC” when telling out of staters where you’re from.

Northface is always in fashion.

You take a warm coat and a hat with you for a day at the beach.

You have mastered the art of doing everything in the rain, because, well, Washington.

You play the “no you go” at four-way stop.

You have had both the thought of how beautiful Mount Rainier is, while simultaneously accepting that it will probably kill you someday.

You get a little twitchy if it’s been more than a week since it last rained.

You believe Twilight ruined Forks.

You can say Humptulips, Lilliwap and Dosewallips without giggling.

Add Mukilteo, Snohomish, and Snoqualmie to the list of places you can pronounce correctly. And in Barb’s case she fought Moss War 2015, and finally won in 2016.


13 thoughts on “Truth

  1. If you’re from the tri-cities, even the westsiders say: “Huh? Do we have one of those?”

  2. Son & DIL live in Puyallup, which I’d seen in print but not heard pronounced. Then a guy at work who used to live in WA told me I was saying it wrong, and demonstrated the proper pronunciation.

    Which is fine; back when I was a LE dispatcher I had an agency in NJ call me and ask “How do you pronounce this name?” and spelled a town in southwest OK. Told her how it was pronounced, she said “That’s a weird name” and I told her she hadn’t gotten to Ninnekah or Bugtussel yet.

  3. Rain?
    If it ain’t rainin’, we ain’t trainin’!
    Unofficial Fort Lewis motto.

  4. not only do I recall Almost Live, I have seen it being recorded, and I recall when it was funny and where Bill Nye was a real Science Guy doing cool short quick experiments on the show, vs the Al Gore Worshiping tool.

  5. You know you’re a gun owner in Washington whern you have a policy about the number of spare loaded magazines you have with you when you go into Seattle.

    Mine is four.

  6. Town names are a never-ending source of amazement. Indian names are great, they can be found all over the USA in many different patterns. There’s the other name of Webster Lake in MA (45 letters long). Going to school in WI I came across names like Manitowoc and Ocomonowoc. For that matter, the state name Wisconsin is an English twist of a French version of an Indian name.
    Then there are towns whose pronunciation varies from one copy to another, like “Berlin” (emphasis on the first syllable in NH, on the second in MA). Or Worcester (pronounced as written in OH but as “wooster” (or “woostah”) in MA).
    Some town names are amusing without being hard to pronounce. PA has a couple of well known ones. And just down the river from my alma mater in WI is Combined Locks.

    • You know a news reader has never set foot in WA when they pronounce Spokane as rhyming with cane. A lot of Berlins on the east coast were settled by German immigrants, but had their pronunciation changed during WWI. Then there is Newark, DE, which is pronounced by locals as “New-Ark” to differentiate it from the New Jersey city of the same spelling.

  7. My dad always calls Snoqualmie “Squatonme.” I don’t think he’s ever pronounced it right

  8. You wonder what the Hell happened to your state over the last 15 years or so, and start looking at property in northern Idaho.

  9. You know you’re from western Washington when you ignore the majority of the state, which is east of the mountains (where most of your food, industrial support and energy comes from) and therefore nothing whatsoever like any of that stuff in the quote.

    You know you’re from western Washington when you refer to “Washington State” as being a rainy coastal area populated by snooty coffee elitists and communists.

    Still and all, no one outside the state seems able to pronounce “Spokane” or “Yakima” either, and for that matter there is no shortage of odd-sounding native place names throughout the country.

  10. It ain’t Western Washington that is the problem- it is Puget Sound .
    I lived and worked in Forks and LaPush in the ’70’s. Most of the west end was wild and free. How I miss that.

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