Sixteen Hard-to-Spell Words That Houstonians Know


10. Olajuwon
The NBA's all-time blocks leader brought two championships to Houston, and he deserves to have his name spelled correctly.

9. Whataburger

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Photo by Nicolas Henderson

A mumbler might pronounce it "Water-Burger," but what a burger it is.

8. Tomjanovich
Rudy Tomjanovich is a big enough part of Rockets history that every Houston basketball fan knows how to spell his name - a hell of a name it is.


7. Annise

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Photo by Ed Uthman

Anise is a spice. Annise is the mayor.

6. Mirabeau
A lot of Lamar High School graduates have this name printed on their diplomas.

5. Biggio

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Photo by BaseballBacks

There's no "e" in the last name of this Killer Bee.


4. Minute Maid

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Photo by jpellgen

Though the name was chosen to imply that the orange juice concentrate was quick and easy to use, it's "maid," not "made." Houstonian should know. The juice company is the sponsor of the stadium the Astros play in, after all.


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13 comments
Bobby Mcandrews
Bobby Mcandrews

uh, water-ver- it IS Waterburger, Dave just never bothered changing the signs, see the ORIGINAL plans had spicy ketchup covering part of the title... ;)

Bobby Mcandrews
Bobby Mcandrews

Mayde as in Mayde Creek is definitely NOT pronounced May-Dee, we're not pirates!! Say it like 'made'. Say it with me now...

Melanie Jaramillo Kennedy
Melanie Jaramillo Kennedy

A mumbler pronounces it Water Burger? Um... no almost everybody that is from here or near here that does!!! When I first moved to Houston I was like, "what the heck is a Water Burger?!" I drove by & saw the sign... I see now, people just can't pronounce it correctly!!!! It's my biggest pet peeve! Even the people on the commercials say WATER!!

Rachel Craddock
Rachel Craddock

Shout to Kellie Kuykendall #1 on tjr list & Goode's GREAT BBQ -- how about Natachees or the breakfast klub

Tyler Daniel
Tyler Daniel

This is the most superfluous article ever.

Jonathan Macbeth
Jonathan Macbeth

Pissing the girls off again I see Christopher Vance...lol

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