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Old 10-23-2006, 07:21 AM
 
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Default How is Raleigh pronounced?

LOL if I'm going to consider moving here, I'd better learn how to say it!

I'm looking for the "correct" pronunciation, but just in case there's not one correct answer, all responses are welcome:
- The un-accented NBC evening news pronunciation
- The native pronunciation
- The transplanted New Yorker pronunciation
- etc

Thanks
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:25 AM
 
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Rall (rhymes with "ball") + Lee (as in the brand of Jeans) = Raleigh

And for other major cities/towns here that are often misprounounced, you might as well know them too:

Dur (rhymes with "purr") + rum (as in the alcohol) = Durham

Kerry (as in the 04 presidential candidate) = Cary (NOT "Carry" like the yankees say)

Chapel Hill = self-explanatory.

Carr (as in a car you drive) + burro (as in a mule) = Carrboro

Foo + Quay + Verr + reena = Fuquay-Varina (LOL!)

Last edited by RaleighRob; 10-23-2006 at 07:36 AM..
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:41 AM
 
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Thanks RR, you saved me some major embarrassment with Cary, never woulda guessed!

But back to the original question (and speaking of Yankees)... doesn't that all depend on how one pronounces "ball?"
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:43 AM
 
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But back to the original question (and speaking of Yankees)... doesn't that all depend on how one pronounces "ball?"
Hmmm...good point.
Bawl...drawl...brawl....Rawl-lee.
Does that help?
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:51 AM
 
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Foo + Quay + Verr + reena = Fuquay-Varina (LOL!)
Been wondering about that one for awhile!
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:51 AM
 
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Okay, like Lou Rawles, not Rollie Fingers. Got it, thanks
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Rall (rhymes with "ball") + Lee (as in the brand of Jeans) = Raleigh

And for other major cities/towns here that are often misprounounced, you might as well know them too:

Dur (rhymes with "purr") + rum (as in the alcohol) = Durham

Kerry (as in the 04 presidential candidate) = Cary (NOT "Carry" like the yankees say)

Chapel Hill = self-explanatory.

Carr (as in a car you drive) + burro (as in a mule) = Carrboro

Foo + Quay + Verr + reena = Fuquay-Varina (LOL!)
Darn it, RaleighRob! Do you know how entertaining it can be when you have clients in your car and they are attempting to say "Fuquay"??? Its usually the best laugh of the day!!! Vicki
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Fuquay does seem to be the hardest one to say for most of my clients also. When one says it right, I'm surprised. You know we have all be in other states or countries trying to pronounce the areas there. I know I have said quite a few wrong. Actually when I found out the right way to say it, I sometimes prefer mine. ;-)
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Foo + Quay + Verr + reena = Fuquay-Varina (LOL!)
For Fuquay Varina ...we just say shorten is to " The Kway "

Raleigh .. we say "Rally" as in Sir Walter Raleigh..

Last edited by apexres; 10-23-2006 at 10:07 AM.. Reason: added Walter Raleigh
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Old 10-23-2006, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I have to disagree a little! Sorry raleighrob.

After meeting lots of people from the quay, they all pronounce it:

few-quay veer reena

The business school at duke is foo-qua, which is not how the quay is pronouced!

Just my two cents..............

Leigh
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