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Jeruba's avatar

Is the town in Maine OR-ono or or-RO-no?

Asked by Jeruba (50452points) March 22nd, 2012

Which syllable gets the accent?

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blueiiznh's avatar

ore-on-no

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

We pronounce it, aura-no.

Hopefully this link works. She says Orono 5 seconds in.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Tested link. Worked in one browser, not the other, so try this one.

Jeruba's avatar

That’s what I thought, but I didn’t find it in the dictionary or online. Nothing to back me up when my husband said it the other way. Thanks.

gailcalled's avatar

@Jeruba: Tell Mr. J that we think you are always right.

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks, darlin’, but that would not be good for my marriage. Besides, alas, it ain’t so. He’s been right at least twice already this year.

deni's avatar

It’s OR-ono. My friend sells real estate there! When I heard her talk about it, I was like, what the hell is she saying? It’s a weird name. I love Maine.

gailcalled's avatar

@deni: Any weirder than Lake Winnipesaukee, Tumtum, Okeefenokee, Bryn Mawr, Stuyvestant, Koochiching, Intercourse, or Yoknapatawpha?

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