Roberson Museum Sheds Light on Pronunciation Debate

It’s been a topic of conversation for as long as I can remember, is the Roberson Museum pronounced Robe-erson or Rob-erson? I was once told that it was pronounced Robe-erson because Rob-erson was spelled with two Rs.

So I call him Rob-erson ever since. Well the Roberson Museum did a smart thing and brought back the debate on Wednesday 25 May. They pitched it to people (or Facebook in this case) and let them decide.

Post a like for Team Rob or a heart for Team Robe and they even encouraged you to tell them why you say it that way. On Thursday morning May 26they revealed their answer (sort of) and here’s what they concluded.

Is the Roberson Museum pronounced Robe-erson or Rob-erson?

Most people who participated on Facebook went with Robe-erson but they couldn’t say for sure if it was right or wrong. They did interviews with those who knew the couple and they say that’s the right way to put it.

Bob Keller first met Ms. Roberson when he was young. He went to their door to show a drawing he had made of it. Mr. Keller said “It was never meant to be ‘dress'” and he had heard it was meant to be “raw-berson”. Uh-oh, possibility number three… when will the madness end.

The third way to say Roberson

The “raw” pronunciation is supported by Wilber Dodge who was Mrs. Roberson’s former paperboy. WHAT! Dodge says it was pronounced “Rah-bur-son Lumber” but he thought the name was meant to be “robe”.

Franci Clark was interviewed and said, “There was never a ‘dress’ and I don’t know where they got that.” As I like to say, “When in doubt, get consensus” and the consensus is that it was probably meant to be “Rob” but the locals use “Robe”.

Does that clarify??? Clear as mud but that’s okay. I appreciate a bit of pleasure that can make me forget all the serious things that are happening around me. I agree with one thing the Roberson Museum had to say.

Final Word on the Roberson Debate

If you’re invested in this ongoing Ra vs. Ro debate, they sell t-shirts in their gift shop. As the saying goes, “It doesn’t matter what they call you as long as they say your name.”

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