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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #125 on: May 28, 2020, 09:27:05 PM »

Another one that I don't think has been mentioned: Murfreesboro, AR vs TN.
The TN one is much bigger population-wise, but the AR one is much more famous.
I can't say I'd ever heard of the one in Arkansas before this post. Tennessee, sure.
Same here.

I've known about the existence of Murfreesboro, AR for as long as I can remember. Come to think of it, I think it was mentioned/pictured (as the home of the only diamond site open to the public in the nation) in a book about the 50 states that I used to pore over as a little kid.

It's funny, the stuff that sticks in your memory and you just assume is common knowledge after you've seen it enough times. It used to baffle me when I was about 10 or 11 that there were grown adults that didn't know all 50 state capitals.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #126 on: May 29, 2020, 01:44:17 AM »

Murfreesboro is one of those city names that I’ve heard of but have no clue where it is. If somebody asked me what state it was in, I probably would say Tennessee...but that would mostly be a guess.

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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #127 on: May 29, 2020, 01:18:09 PM »

Another one that I don't think has been mentioned: Murfreesboro, AR vs TN.

The TN one is much bigger population-wise, but the AR one is much more famous.

I can't say I'd ever heard of the one in Arkansas before this post. Tennessee, sure.

Same here.

Me too, it's definitely a Tennessee city in my mind. I know there's more than one, but I don't think I'd even come up with Arkansas if you asked me out of the blue.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #128 on: May 29, 2020, 01:54:07 PM »

Another one that I don't think has been mentioned: Murfreesboro, AR vs TN.

The TN one is much bigger population-wise, but the AR one is much more famous.

I can't say I'd ever heard of the one in Arkansas before this post. Tennessee, sure.

Same here.

Me too, it's definitely a Tennessee city in my mind. I know there's more than one, but I don't think I'd even come up with Arkansas if you asked me out of the blue.
I didn't know that Arkansas had one.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #129 on: May 30, 2020, 10:20:14 AM »

I think the only reason I knew of the Murfreesboro in Tennessee is that Middle Tennessee State is located there, which I knew because UVA played a football game against them a few years ago.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #130 on: May 30, 2020, 02:45:14 PM »

I've been to both Murfeesboro, TN and AR, and the AR one is famous because of the nearby Crater of Diamonds State Park. Despite being there before, I had to look up where Murfeesboro, AR was because the town itself isn't very significant.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #131 on: May 31, 2020, 10:37:58 PM »

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Jackson. If you’re in Memphis, you would have to differentiate between Tennessee or Mississippi.

Another one would be Arlington. Are you speaking of Texas or Virginia?
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #132 on: June 01, 2020, 12:48:14 PM »

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Jackson. If you’re in Memphis, you would have to differentiate between Tennessee or Mississippi.

If you're in Memphis is the key. The rest of the country mostly only knows about the Mississippi one, although Michigan also has a decent-sized city named Jackson, and there could be potential confusion with Jacksonville, Florida.


Another one would be Arlington. Are you speaking of Texas or Virginia?

Virginia. I don't think America's Team is as famous as America's Cemetery.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #133 on: June 01, 2020, 09:56:06 PM »

I've been through, or near, Florida, MA (along MA Route 2 - Mohawk Trail) and Worcester, NY (close to I-88).
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #134 on: June 02, 2020, 04:17:26 PM »

Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlotte, Tennessee
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #135 on: June 02, 2020, 04:43:39 PM »

Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlotte, Tennessee

The TN one is only population 1200, and it's more than 400 miles from the NC one.  In what context would that be ambiguous?
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #136 on: June 02, 2020, 05:09:14 PM »

Charlotte is more likely to be confused with someone with that given name. In the Dravet syndrome community alone (into which I am through the large running team the DS Foundation in Spain has) there are two relevant Charlottes. One is the syndrome's namesake, Charlotte Dravet, a French epileptologist; and the other is a recently deceased (right on my birthday the anniversary of my birth) Colorado Springs girl, Charlotte Figi, who had that kind of epilepsy and whose family was a pioneer in the use of medical marijuana.

On the chat of a certain streamer I like to follow around the country (BigRigTravels, who else...), I sometimes mention "Belvidere" without saying a state, even though there are a few places with that name. In that case, I'm referring to Belvidere, Illinois, since it is where Steve spends most of his time off the truck (like he is doing right now) and which also happens to be the largest of the Belvideres.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #137 on: June 02, 2020, 06:19:57 PM »

Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlotte, Tennessee

And don't forget Charlotte, MI.  Although that one is pronounced char-LOT.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #138 on: June 02, 2020, 10:34:29 PM »

Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlotte, Tennessee

And don't forget Charlotte, MI.  Although that one is pronounced char-LOT.

The one in Vermont is also pronounced char-LOT. Charlotte, MI and Charlotte, VT are the only "Charlotte" related ambiguity I can think of and that's largely due to the irregular pronunciation of the city names.

Since we're in New England: How about Lebanon, NH and Lebanon, ME? Or for bonus points, West Lebanon, NH and West Lebanon, ME?
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #139 on: June 03, 2020, 06:58:52 AM »

Charlotte, North Carolina and Charlotte, Tennessee
The TN one is only population 1200, and it's more than 400 miles from the NC one.  In what context would that be ambiguous?

Nashville?

And don't forget Charlotte, MI.  Although that one is pronounced char-LOT.

Isn't the NC one also pronounced that way? That's how I've always pronounced it.
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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #140 on: June 04, 2020, 01:27:50 AM »

Other than the MI and VT examples just mentioned, every Charlotte I’ve ever known, person or city, has been pronounced SHAR-luht.

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Re: Ambiguous City Names
« Reply #141 on: June 04, 2020, 08:03:22 AM »

Come to think of it, Rochester has a neighborhood called Charlotte... and locally, it's pronounced Char-LOT. "I'm going to the Char-LOT Pier", for example.
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