Words are tricky. Not everything is spelled phonetically. Unique spellings just add a special character to a place, in a way, these are our words. Sometimes, the only way to learn how to spell words is by seeing them often enough.
We decided to think up a list of things only Houstonians know how to spell. Below are 16 words that people who aren't from Houston might fumble over, but that Houstonians know by heart.
16. Kuykendahl How many ways can this one get misspelled? Kerkandahl? Kirkendall?
15. Humble The "h" might be silent in Humble, Texas, but don't forget about it.
14. Pappas Another Houston family name that's grown big in the restaurant business. People pronounce it "Poppas" and "Papas," but it's spelled "Pappas."
The Italian chain has Houston origins. There are now over 200 locations though, so maybe people all over the country know how to spell this one.
12. Z-Ro No numerals needed when it comes to this Houston rap legend.
11. Hermann When talking about Houston's 445-acre park, use two n's.
10. Olajuwon The NBA's all-time blocks leader brought two championships to Houston, and he deserves to have his name spelled correctly.
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.
Anise is a spice. Annise is the mayor.
6. Mirabeau A lot of Lamar High School graduates have this name printed on their diplomas.
There's no "e" in the last name of this Killer Bee.
4. Minute Maid
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. 3. Codeine
Other spellings include "sizzurp" and "purple drank."
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2. Longenbaugh Dr. Not Loganbaugh or Loganbow.
We're not talking about an adjective. We're talking about barbecue, and that means an "e" is needed on the end.
If you think anything is missing from the list, email your suggestions to Aaron.Reiss@houstonpress.com.