Wow…. Dan may actually have been to South Dakota.
He passed one of those “insider” tests….
by seeming to know that South Dakotans pronounce the name of their capital as though it were spelled “P-E-E-R.”
Funny how many of those there are….
You can brand yourself an outsider by saying “He-lee’-na” Montana…
Here in California, by not knowing that La Jolla is pronounced with Spanish style consonants…. ie “La HOY-a”, never “La JOLL-a” …
but San Rafael is Americanised to “San Ra-FELL”
Lots of hooting and guffaws over BJ Honeycutt, on M*A*S*H, saying he was from a small town in California called “Pet-AL’-yuma.”
Everybody in N. CA knows it’s the city of "Pet-a-LU’-ma.