This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Q. How can you tell that one of the Seattle television or radio stations has made a new hire?
A. When he or she mangles pronunciation of “Puyallup.”
Live around here for awhile and you don’t have any trouble with the name of the Pierce County city that hosts the state’s most spectacular fair every September. But consider an up-and-coming performer on the East Coast who’s been approached to play at the Puyallup Fair. A first reaction might be: “Where the heck is Puyallup”?
But ask the same performer to play at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, and the reaction probably would be different. Just about everyone can locate Washington state on a map, and “the state fair” label has recognizable cachet all over the country. Read more »