Sixteen Hard-to-Spell Words That Houstonians Know

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."

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