Pronouncing Massachusetts Towns: A Rebus Guide

If you’re looking for a puzzle more challenging than any you’ll find in a Massachusetts escape room… it’s pronouncing the names of the towns that these companies are in.

Some may be straightforward, but most of them offer no clues in the spelling.

I’ve simplified these names by turning them into actual puzzles so that you have a fighting chance at pronouncing these names correctly. You’re welcome.

Leominster

The Gate Escape

Leominster rebus - a lemon plus a hand stirring coffee.

Lemonister Pronunciation:

Lemon-stir

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Peabody

Time Warp

Peabody Rebus

 

Peabody Pronunciation:

Pee-bid-eee

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Saugus

Wicked Escapes

Saugus Rebus: Hand saw + Gus Fring

Saugus Pronunciation:

Saw-gus

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Fitchburg

Curious Escape Rooms

Fitchburg Rebus: Farm - Arm + Itch + Iceberg - Ice

Fitchburg Pronunciation:

Fitch-burg… April Fools! That one’s spelled sensibly.

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Tewksbury

Escapology

Tewksbury Rebus: Tea + Books - Bee + Bury

Tewksbury Pronunciation:

Tooks-bury

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Salem

Escape Room Salem

Salem Rebus: Sale + Lemon - On

Salem Pronunciation:

Sale-em… Don’t be smug; you only knew this one because of the witch trials.

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Winchendon

Winchendon Escape Room

Winchendon Rebus: Witch + Inn + Dunce - S

Winchendon Pronunciation:

Witch-in-done

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Woburn

North Shore Escape

Woburn Rebus: Woo girls - girls + burn

Woburn Pronunciation:

Woo-burn

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Worcester

Escape Games Worcester

Live Action Escapes

Worcestershire sauce + Ring - Shearing - Sauce + Turkey - Key

Worcester Pronunciation:

Wuss-tur

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Boston

Escape the Room Boston

Komnata Quest

Raid the Room

Room Escapers

Trapology

Boston Rebus: Bass + Ton

Boston Pronunciation:

Bass-ton

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7 thoughts on “Pronouncing Massachusetts Towns: A Rebus Guide

  1. Lol. Still cant figure out Worcester because I can never figure out how to say Worcestershire sauce. No fair using something unpronounceable to show you how to pronounce something. But I loved the BASS+ton one!

  2. Puzzlescape is in boring, old, easy to pronounce Hudson! 😜. Although it isn’t the pronunciation that gets us, it is that there is a Hudson in just about every state – just yesterday we had a group excited to join us except they were 1000 miles away!

  3. Dang, you should do one for Texas. So many weirdo town names around here (Manchaca is pronounced “Man-shack” and Bexar is “Bayer”, just to give you a small sample).

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