the Puget Sound

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Thu Nov 14 20:23:42 UTC 2002

For some reason, it doesn't sound odd to me, although I think that I would
only use "Puget Sound" or, the equally common "the Sound." Maybe the usage
is just an extension of "the Sound" by some Seattleites. There really
isn't much room for confusion as to which "sound" is meant around here.

maberry at

On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, Peter Richardson wrote:

> Recently three of my students who are from the Seattle area have referred
> to "the Puget Sound." And this morning on Morning Edition there was a
> background comment about "the Puget Sound"--a comment made not by the
> reporter, but by someone native to the area. Now, I've always said, "the
> Puget Sound area," but otherwise just "Puget Sound": Puget Sound is
> pretty, they live on Puget Sound, etc. Has anyone in this neck of the
> woods noticed what seems to be a recent phenomenon? (Or any other neck of
> the woods, for that matter) It's doubtful that these three students are up
> to something, hatching a plot to drive me crazy; and I know that they're
> all natives of the area and not from east of the mountains, where one
> tends to say "the Coast."
> Peter R.

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