14 Texas Cities and Words Everyone Says Wrong

Texas is such a melting pot of cultures, it’s no wonder that people mispronounce many of our words. Here are a few that folks always seem to have trouble with.

14. Gruene, TX

Ok, I understand that this word might look a little confusing to the average person, but it’s really not that hard. I continue to hear folks (who are probably newcomers) butcher this name. I’m here to tell all yall that it is not Groo – en – ee. It’s not Groo – n. It’s Green. Say it with me.

  • Gr – ee – n
  • G – ree – n
  • Gruene

It may not be the biggest little village in Texas, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve the respect of being referred to correctly yall.

13. Burnet, TX

The easiest way to tell if someone is from around central Texas or not is to ask them how to pronounce this. If they say Bur-net, then you know they’re not.

  • Burn – it
  • Bur -knit
  • Burnet
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12. Refugio, TX

Legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan was born in this great little town. Despite this claim to fame, people still pronounce it all wrong. It’s not Ref-oo-gee-o and it’s definitely not Rufio.

  • Ref – fur – ee – oh
  • Reh – fury – oh
  • Refugio

11. Mexia, TX

Dependent upon who you talk to, you’ll get different answers about how to pronounce this Texas city’s name. Either way you say it, it’s not Mex – ee – uh. You can pick your pronunciation from below though, and you’ll probably be pretty close.

  • Muh – hay – uh
  • Meh – hair
  • Mexia

Just because the word looks like Mexico doesn’t mean it’s pronounced the same way at all.

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