Not Pittsburg

How did I miss this! I noticed a link to this list of Most Misspelled Cities in America (based on web search data), but nobody told me number 1 is Pittsburgh! I mean, I momentarily thought it might make the top ten, but it’s just not that hard to spell. Of course, as the article points out, in the late 1800’s the U.S. Board on Geographic Names standardized location spellings after over a century of people naming their towns whatever they wanted, willy-nilly. They ruled that all *-burghs would drop their final “h”, except for Pittsburgh, which got an exemption. So, in typical Pittsburgh style, it makes number 1 by virtue of refusing to get with the program. I love it! [via Gael’s new Test Pattern]

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