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ORASWWA, OSWA, SWAOR, oh my!
Oregon and southwest Washington. It rolls off the tongue with the grace of a flamingo in hiking boots. And I have to say it live on air. A lot. OPB broadcasts in Chinook, Kelso, and White Salmon — all in Washington — as well as in most of Oregon. Saying "Oregon and southwest Washington" is how we let you know where you can hear us!
I'm seeking a tidy shortcut. Not only would it be easier and faster to say, it could perhaps broaden our sense of place and identity. Sure, a deep, swift river— not to mention tax and transportation policy — divides ORSWA, but what unites us? And can we capture what we share in a name?
Your efforts won't just help me avoid publicly tying my tongue. Authoring a good acronym could make you famous! Scores of organizations have settled for the long way to say it... so far. Like Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington. Or Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Or Cocaine Anonymous of Oregon & SW Washington. The weather watchers at the University of Washington's Department of Atmospheric Sciences flip it around, issuing warnings for Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. See, nobody's even settled on a way to write it!
Well, this is your shot at immortality. Help us out: what captures our cross-border corner of the world?
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