Tennessee November 27, 2017
Never Mispronounce These 10 Words In Front Of A Tennessean
Tennessee has its own way of saying things sometime, but these 10 words really take the cake. If you’re from Tennessee or have raised your family high in the hills, a few of these just might make sense…or not! If there are a few we missed, your favorite crick and such, then make sure to leave us your thoughts in the comments below. How SHOULD folks be talking if they make their way to our great state? It’s a necessary thing to know, you know!
10. Can you say "Lafayette?"
Say it with us (if you can): Luh-fy-ette. That may not be phonetically correct, but just find a local Tennessean and you'll figure it out.
9. Maybe you'll known how to say Milan.
My-lan. MY. That's the syllabic stress point, folks.
8. Or Demonbreun...?
DemUnbreUn. Demon-brun and Demonbreeeun have plagued us FAR too long here in Nashville. Do you agree?
7. What about any town that ends with, "ville"?
Vull. Louisvull. Nashvull. This one is reserved for Tennesseans that stretch back decades, folks. Many now say Nashville, but LouisVULL will always be a thing.
6. We bet Lebanon is second-nature.
Lebanun, not Lebanaan. There's only one way to say Lebanon and you sound real nerdy if you don't get it right the first time.
5. Maury County?
Pronounced, "Murry," you don't want to find yourself on the wrong side of the tracks with this one. Especially if you live in the county in question.
4. Ooltewah is pretty easy.
Or not! We don't even KNOW where to begin with this one. If you're from Tennessee, you best be saying, "Oo-da-wah".
3. Or perhaps Finger, Tennessee?
You'd like to pronounce this like the ten phalanges attached to your hand, wouldn't you? It's actually pronounced, "fanger." You're welcome.
2. Poga. Say Poga.
It's a town with a funky name - prounounce it, "Pogee" if you'd like to fit in.
1. We'll finish it out with "Bolivar."
It's pronounced, "BALL-iver." There you go. Now you know.
PS: Have you ever been to
this sweet Tennessee town?