John Grabowski, the Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History, was featured on Ideastream Public Media discussing the pronunciation of “Cuyahoga River,” a river that’s drawn people to the region for centuries.
“One person has traced it back to its Native American origins and claims that it’s ‘Cuya-HO-guh,’ not ‘Cuya-HOG-uh,’” he said. “Another story is that the folks on the West Side of Cleveland get into this West-Side-East-Side-divide. I would probably go with ‘Cuya-HO-guh’ because of that little inkling that it does reflect the Native American pronoun.”
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