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Old 06-04-2012, 05:35 PM
 
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As a local having been born there, let me set the record straight..Talladega is a Creek word pronounced Tal-a-DIG-a..Trust me.. We never heard it pronounced Tal-a-day-ga until the speedway was built and all the outsiders decided to pronounce it that way
If in doubt go to Wikipedia and it will explain the correct pronounciation and the origin of the word, which means Border Town
Repeat after me... Tal-a DIG-a.. say it again.. Tal-a-DIG-A ,, we straight now?
Sorry Native2, I didn't see your reply, however I agree with you verbatim
Tal-uh-DIG-a .. no DAY in there, today, yesterday nor tomorrow
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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AMEN! Thank you!
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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That explains a lot of eye rolling when we were looking for land near Tal a DAY ga.

I'll practice the correct way of saying it before I move up there.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:33 PM
 
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I lived in Talladega until I was 34 years old. As has been written, sports media-types from up North and even some from as close as Birmingham AL at some point decided that Tal-a-day-ga is correct. (Of course, most of those sportscasters also say "Tom gave the tickets to he and I" instead of "him and me.") Anyway, growing up there, it was always Tal-a-di-ga. Occasionally it came out as Tal-a-dee-ga. It was never, never, never Tal-a-day-ga.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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I lived in Talladega until I was 34 years old. As has been written, sports media-types from up North and even some from as close as Birmingham AL at some point decided that Tal-a-day-ga is correct. (Of course, most of those sportscasters also say "Tom gave the tickets to he and I" instead of "him and me.") Anyway, growing up there, it was always Tal-a-di-ga. Occasionally it came out as Tal-a-dee-ga. It was never, never, never Tal-a-day-ga.

Agree. My mother-in-law grew up in the area and she & all family on that side say TallaDIGa
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Alabama
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Interesting thread. I never thought about the different possible pronunciations. I guess I'm a good Alabamian because I think my pronunciation is closer to Talla-DIG-a than Talla-DAY-ga, though probably not pure enough to be confused for a local :-)
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Most everyone around me says DAY or DEE, only time I hear DIG is when that person is specifically from there.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:58 PM
 
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Most everyone around me says DAY or DEE, only time I hear DIG is when that person is specifically from there.

This is true. And colloquial pronunciation does not make it the accurate pronunciation. (in fact, it usually proves to be the opposite)
Having become a proper name, it is good to remember that proper names may be pronounced anyway one chooses. If I feel the locals of any community are just following long held incorrect pronunciation, I will adjust my pronunciation in their presence so as not to come across as if I am challenging them on any level. Many towns and cities are mispronounced but it seems to be a small issue as far as I am concerned.

Beautiful county, however one pronounces it.
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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I grew up in Alexander City, AL. I & everyone else in Alex. City pronounce it "Talla-dig-a"!!!! Only people that aren't from the area pronounce it improperly as "Talla-day-ga"!!!
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