How to Pronounce Appalachian?

Jul 25th, 2007, 01:26 PM
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PalenQ, there is North Carolina or South Carolina or you can be from the Carolinas but no such place as Carolina.

Ap-EL-atchian is how I pronounce Appalachian.
 
Jul 25th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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Accent on the second syllable? That's one I've never heard.

"Worcester" is "Wustah," as everyone in Newingland knows.

"Caribbean" is harder -- by custom, the "i" before two consonants (the double "b") should be short, so it would be Cah-RIB-be-an. But it's named for, more or less, the Caribes, and so you'd expect the "i" to be pronounced "ee" -- leaving you to choose which syllable on which to put the emphasis.

Seems to me it's worth trying to pronounce a place name the way the inhabitants do -- so up north you can refer to the Green and White Mts. as part of the "Appullay-chen" chain, and further south you can say "Appul-atchen." What you ought NOT to do is correct locals on their pronunciation of their own place names.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:16 PM
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Don't we have a resident expert to determine who is instantly stupid?
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:23 PM
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NC born and bred. I say it how Edwards appears to have said it (and how elsiemoo says it).

In NC, the people who say the third syllable as "AY" are usually from parts elsewhere.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:46 PM
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In Kentucky, it is also "appa-latch-un", at least on the end of the state that is actually part of the Appalachians!
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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Apple Latch Chin if you live here. The other if yer going to be snooty about it.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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Betsy, in central, rural, KY, in the dark ages, we learned in grade school to say Appel-a-shun. Of course, we also learned to say I-o-way and Ill-i-noise.

Some of us now know better.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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Worcester native here confirming it's "Wusta".
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Jul 25th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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But if you live 10 miles outside of Wusta then its Woos-ter.
 
Jul 25th, 2007, 03:03 PM
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Lancaster, South Carolina is pronounced 'Langster'.

Leicester North Carolina is pronounced 'Lester'.
 
Jul 25th, 2007, 03:08 PM
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There is an 'all benny' Georgia and an 'alb'ny' NY; there is a 'kay-ro' GA and a 'Kie-ro' Egypt; there is a Vi-enna, GA and a Vee-enna Italy. Always pronounce it the way the locals do.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 03:09 PM
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The first syllable begins like "would" not like "woo-woo."
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Jul 25th, 2007, 03:09 PM
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Leicester, MA is also pronounced
"Lester".

Leominster, MA is pronounced "Lemon-ster".

What about Beaufort, SC? Isn't it pronounced Bew-fert?
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Jul 25th, 2007, 03:09 PM
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.. of Worcester, that is.

Anyone want to try "Billerica"? "Leominster"?
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Jul 25th, 2007, 03:10 PM
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Beat me to it, Hubster!
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Jul 25th, 2007, 03:12 PM
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How about Calais, ME. In France it's
Cal-ay... in ME its Cal-us.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 03:51 PM
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I always thought it was Wis-tah.

How about some tough ones:
Schuylkill, Beaufort, NC vs Beaufort, SC.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 04:08 PM
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Bow-fert, North Carolina

Bew-fert, South Carolina

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Jul 25th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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Elsiemoo is absolutely correct about Appalachian and Beaufort.
(I hate to admit that John Edwards is correct about anything!)
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Jul 25th, 2007, 05:41 PM
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Bill-RICK-uh = Billerica
LEM-in-stuh = Leominster
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