One Kentucky town was recently named one of the most difficult to pronounce in the United States. Do you think you know what it is?

I'm sure that you have taken a little road trip in the past and have driven through some towns that greet you with their "Welcome to (insert town name here)" sign. The majority of these towns have pretty normal names. However, there are always some that you will see that will make you laugh out loud.

There have been a few towns that I have been to that always make me wonder "Who thought this was a good town name?" Sure, it might be catchy, but the jokes that can be made about the town name are endless. The first one that comes to my mind is Knob Lick, Kentucky. While it's a beautiful little town, the name itself just sounds...well, dirty. All throughout the Bluegrass State, there are towns with funny names like that. Some of these names are based on Native American culture. However, that doesn't make them any easier to pronounce! As it turns out, one of those towns was recently named among the most difficult to pronounce in the entire country.

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Kentucky Town Among 'Most Difficult to Pronounce' in the Nation

Reader's Digest recently found the most difficult city name to pronounce in every state. Many of these are quite the doozie. I don't even know where to begin with pronouncing them. Apparently, there's one in Kentucky that gets butchered more than any other city in the state. I'll be honest, the second I saw the name, my brain hurt from trying to figure out how to pronounce it.

The town in question is called "Tyewhoppety," which is an unincorporated community located in Todd County. Now, I have never even heard of this town before, but that's probably for good reason. There's really not much to see here other than a few homes a church, oh, and this sign.

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Now, on to the name. What's it mean, and more importantly, how in the heck do you pronounce it? According to Reader's Digest:

The town of Tyewhoppety,Kentucky is thought to be named for either the slang term meaning an “un-kept looking person” or the Shawnee word for “place of no return.” In any case, it’s pronounced Tih-WAH-pih-tee.


In any event, there are quite a few towns in Kentucky that have names that make you say "WHAT?!" You can check out a few more by clicking here. That being said, Tyewoppety tops the cake here. Unless you are one of the 10-15 people that live here, there's no way you know how to pronounce it.

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