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Old 01-03-2015, 12:40 AM
 
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Very good. Except you left out Bahama, which is pronounced Buh-HAY-muh, and not like the Bahama islands. http://ehealthca.com/ipad/images/123.gif Then there's Mebane, which is not pronounced ME-Bane, but Mebbin. http://ehealthca.com/hu12uk1.jpg
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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To answer southbound's question--yes, I mean "v'l" when I write "vul". The point is, you don't pronounce the vowel in "-ville" municipalities. This is not a NC/VA kind of thing as someone else pointed out; I think it's a Southern thing more than anything (cf "Loo-v'l", Kentucky).

As for the county mismatches, it is almost the rule rather than the exception in NC that a town with the name of X is not in X county: Davidson, Beaufort, Hertford, Henderson (though Hendersonville is--and btw that's one town where I do pronounce the VILL, probably because it's too many syllables to have the accent on the first syllable and 3 unaccented ones, we generally are going to accent about every 3rd syllable), Greene county has neither Greensboro nor Greenville (Green-v'l), Ashe county has neither Asheville nor Asheboro, Madison, several others.

The only two I can think of offhand where a city IS in the county with the same name are Durham and Halifax, though Gastonia is in Gaston and Lincolnton is in Lincoln.

One other accent issue--Rocky Mount is accented on the second word, which seems to stymie most local TV anchors, even Chris Hohmann who's been here at least 20+ years--always says ROCK-y-mount. Then again, they also say "NORTH hills" instead of "north HILLS".
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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To answer southbound's question--yes, I mean "v'l" when I write "vul". The point is, you don't pronounce the vowel in "-ville" municipalities. This is not a NC/VA kind of thing as someone else pointed out; I think it's a Southern thing more than anything (cf "Loo-v'l", Kentucky).

As for the county mismatches, it is almost the rule rather than the exception in NC that a town with the name of X is not in X county: Davidson, Beaufort, Hertford, Henderson (though Hendersonville is--and btw that's one town where I do pronounce the VILL, probably because it's too many syllables to have the accent on the first syllable and 3 unaccented ones, we generally are going to accent about every 3rd syllable), Greene county has neither Greensboro nor Greenville (Green-v'l), Ashe county has neither Asheville nor Asheboro, Madison, several others.

The only two I can think of offhand where a city IS in the county with the same name are Durham and Halifax, though Gastonia is in Gaston and Lincolnton is in Lincoln.

One other accent issue--Rocky Mount is accented on the second word, which seems to stymie most local TV anchors, even Chris Hohmann who's been here at least 20+ years--always says ROCK-y-mount. Then again, they also say "NORTH hills" instead of "north HILLS".
Thanks, Francois.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:55 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Thanks for posting Sunny. I missed all of these and I'm a NC native!
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Salisbury,NC
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Catawba College is in Rowan County not Catawba County.
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:41 PM
 
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Also like to add that Kernersville and Kenansville are two totally different towns. Kernersville is in Forsyth County while Kenansville is in Duplin County. Two similar sounding names, two completely different two.

Also Tarboro does in fact sit on the Tar River. The Tar River also changes to the Pamlico River when it goes pass the HWY 17 bridge.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:50 PM
 
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Incidentally my grandmother grew up in Goldston (population 300 on a good day) and when we visited her on the farm, sometimes she would take us to get a hot dog. At any rate, one time in high school I met someone from the city of Goldsboro (population like 35,000). I immediately confused the two places and then remarked how flabbergasted I was to meet someone from such a tiny place. It was all in good spirits, but in typical teenager awkwardness, I dug in on the coincidence of meeting someone from there. In hindsight there were clues something was amiss, namely that she failed to recognize the hot dog place next to the railroad when that was literally 50% of the town of Goldston. Only years later did I see a sign for Goldsboro heading down to the beach did it all of a sudden make sense. She probably thought I was making fun of her. Oops.

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Old 02-01-2019, 02:46 PM
 
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Don’t forget Topsail Island is pronounced “TOPsull”. And remember to say “VEEhickle” instead of vehicle and “INNsurance” instead of inSURance.
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