Which (3) ways is Orion pronounced as relative to (3) meanings, Orion Township, Lake Orion (Lake), and Lake Orion (town)?

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    Pronounced by whom? Personally, I'd pronounce all three the same way. – KillingTime Apr 26 '19 at 5:03
  • Wikipedia mentions the pronunciations. – Mr Lister Apr 26 '19 at 6:44
  • In general, place names are pronounced the way the "locals" pronounce them. – Hot Licks Apr 29 '19 at 12:11
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    @HotLicks Yup...look at Cairo, Illinois. They pronounce it like "Karo" from the corn syrup. – Cascabel Apr 29 '19 at 17:13
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    @Cascabel - Yep, I was trying to think of that example, but it wasn't coming to me. Luckily I'm from Louisville, a town that everyone knows how to pronounce correctly! – Hot Licks Apr 29 '19 at 17:21

As far as those examples that exist in Michigan, USA, the pronunciation for all three is the same: OH-ree-un, with the emphasis on the first syllable. The constellation Orion, on the other hand, is pronounced oh-RY-un, with the emphasis on the second syllable.

For reference, I was born in Michigan, and lived there until my late 40's. I lived within 30 miles of Orion Twp and Lake Orion (both the town & the lake, obviously ;-)

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