Oregon is ARGIN (hard G)


In modern Southwark last week, speaking with the tavern manager Natalie about what was on tap, she said one of the brews was from “Argin.” Hard G as in gap or goat. I could tell, even if she wasn’t from there, that she’d been around there for long enough to know the vernacular.

“You know how I could tell?” I asked her.

“Yes. Because I know how to say Argin.”

Oregon is not ORE-i-gon or even ARE-i-gun.

So Oregon Avenue is ARGIN Avenue.

Old Southwark is the setting for much of Shot Tower.

The date for a Meet The Author event at Pete’s — the closest tavern to the shot tower — is currently in the works.

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