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If you’ve visited Disney World in Florida, you’re more than likely familiar with the city of Kissimmee. Home to about 61,000 residents, it’s situated just a little southwest of the Orlando International Airport. It’s also the spring training home of the Houston Astros baseball team. It’s very well-known for a number of reasons … one of which is the fact that few people can pronounce it.

A man and his wife were driving their RV across the state and stopped in this beautiful city to grab a bite to eat. Having never visited Florida prior to this trip, they couldn’t help but notice the odd spelling of its name. Chatting over lunch they tried to figure out how to pronounce it—KISS-ah-me, Ka-SIM-me, Kiss-ah-ME? They grew more puzzled with each attempt.

The husband finally approached the counter and said to the cashier: “My wife and I are new to the area and can’t seem to be able to figure out how to pronounce this place. Will you tell me where we are and pronounce it very slowly so that I can understand it and repeat it to my wife?”

The cashier looked puzzled at the man and slowly said: “BUR-GER KING.”

Ya get what ya asked for!

About Harry K. Jones

Harry K. Jones is a motivational speaker and consultant for AchieveMax®, Inc., a company of professional speakers who provide custom-designed seminars, keynote presentations, and consulting services. Harry's top requested topics include change management, customer service, creativity, employee retention, goal setting, leadership, stress management, teamwork, and time management. For more information on Harry's presentations, please call 800-886-2629 or fill out our contact form.

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