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HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

HOH’s name game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Simple Yet Deceptive Caucus, members whose last names take up one mere syllable, but offer multiple ways to mispronounce.  

like "PLUM." Not orange, like his shirt. (Screenshot from Rod Blum for Congress website)

like "PLUM." Not orange, like his shirt. (Screenshot from Rod Blum for Congress website)

Rep. Rod Blum , R-Iowa — Blum, like "PLUM." A four-letter name from a four-letter state that sounds like a four-letter fruit. We hope The New York Times crossword puzzle folks take notice.  

BOST. You have to drink every time you screw up his name. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BOST. You have to drink every time you screw up his name. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike Bost , R-Ill. — BOST, like "cost." Try this as a mnemonic memory device: Mike Bost does not boast.

LOO. Gotta go! (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

LOO. Gotta go! (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ted Lieu , D-Calif. — LOO. When you gotta go, you gotta go.  

NOHM. Say it with your eyes closed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

NOHM. Say it with your eyes closed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Kristi Noem , R-S.D. — NOHM. Another mnemonic suggestion: At yoga class, Kristi Noem says "ohm."  

SASS. He swears you don't pronounced the "e." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SASS. He swears you don't pronounced the "e." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ben Sasse , R-Neb. — SASS. The senator will have none of your sass, you smart-alec reporter!  

SPEAR. She has no peer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SPEAR. She has no peer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jackie Speier , D-Calif. — SPEAR. She's the tip of the spear.  

WALLS. These walls can't contain him! (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

WALLS. These walls can't contain him! (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tim Walz , D-Minn. — WALLS. He's bouncing off the walls, but not because he's doing a waltz.  

Many thanks to our friends at the CQ Members desk, who supplied valuable intel on proper pronunciation.

 Related: HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus HOH Name Game: Don’t Mispronounce These

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