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Old 08-19-2018, 09:54 AM
 
Location: My House
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Your memory is correct, it's "Falls of The Neuse". I think the DOT got lazy and ran out of room and dropped the THE about 10 yrs ago.
Yeah. At one point, they had some signs with “the” on them and some without.
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:51 AM
 
Location: North Taxolina
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I just go with “the RTP area”.
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:33 AM
 
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I just go with “the RTP area”.

What are you referring to when you say "the RTP area"?
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:36 AM
 
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It is RTP.
Not the RTP.
Never heard "the RTP area."
RTP. Always has been, always will be.
RTP.
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:49 AM
 
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Your memory is correct, it's "Falls of The Neuse". I think the DOT got lazy and ran out of room and dropped the THE about 10 yrs ago.
Phew! I guess I wasn’t losing my mind after all!
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:08 PM
 
Location: At the NC-SC Border
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Hopefully you're old enough and were lucky enough to actually see The Falls of the Neuse. We got a new lake and dam but we lost the falls in the making. It was a beautiful spot in nature!

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Old 08-19-2018, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Never Never Land
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AND I was saying that if you didn't grow up in North Carolina (and I am just guessing that you didn't from your user name, but I could be wrong on that) then you might not be familiar with that usage, but that is a very common old time North Carolina thing to say. AND if you don't like it, I don't care. I'm just giving an accurate account of local idioms and dialect. That's what people say and have said for, heck, probably hundreds of years. MY memory doesn't stretch back that far, but I certainly remember older folks when I was young saying it that way.

I don't think I'd say that how waitresses in restaurants in Baltimore often call their customers "Hon" is ridiculous, but I don't usually make comments like that about the local vernacular even if it sounds strange to my ears.
I agree, the "hon" thing is ridiculous. I think it's mostly in one restaurant in Baltimore because that's their shtick, but I don't know for sure because I am not from Baltimore.
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Actually, my point is that I would NOT say that is ridiculous, so you are NOT agreeing with me. It's the way they talk there. I'm fine with it. It sounds a little weird to me, but that's how they do it there, so more power to 'em for keeping some regional dialect and culture alive.

And definitely not one restaurant. I had a waitress call me that in a P.F. Chang's in Baltimore!
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:53 AM
 
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Hopefully you're old enough and were lucky enough to actually see The Falls of the Neuse. We got a new lake and dam but we lost the falls in the making. It was a beautiful spot in nature!
So true! We went out to the “new” dam this weekend and while near it isn’t nearly as pretty!
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Old 08-25-2018, 03:34 PM
 
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Yeah. At one point, they had some signs with “the” on them and some without.
Yeah; I'm not sure DOT should be the defining authority.

I remember driving to the Smithfield Outlets in the late '90s and DOT had conflicting exit signs from 70 pointing to Buffaloe and Buffalo Road outside Selma. Looking on Google, most of the results now seem to go with no E at the end, but there is a Redfin listing with the E. I haven't been that way in a while, so I'm not sure the highway exit signs are in sync.

ETA: And we have a guy at work (in RTP, BTW) that calls it "the RTP." He's wrong.
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