Cuyahoga Falls High School
Cayahoga Falls, Ohio
As a corporate communicator, writer, and editor, I let out an audible groan when I saw the picture of this linguistic kerfuffle on my Facebook page. A high school classmate, understanding my tendency toward grammar nerdiness, correctly assumed it would put me in outrage mode. It did.
I get it. “Cuyahoga” is a tough word to spell, let alone pronounce (go ahead … try to say it … I’ll wait right here). Let me help you out: The phonetic pronunciation is KY-É-HOG-É, and it’s a Native American term which means “crooked river” in the Iroquoian language. It has a long, rich history.
That is, when it’s spelled correctly.