If you spend any time on the Internet and Twitter, in particular, you may have seen the viral thread about regional or local pronunciations of certain words or places. For example, Lafayette, Louisiana is not pronounced the same way as La-FAY-ette county in Arkansas. And so on and so forth.
What’s a regional pronunciation that serves as a litmus test of whether someone is a local of your area or not?
Where I grew up in NC there is a ‘Monticello’ but it’s pronounced mon-tih-sell-oh instead of mon-tih-chell-oh.
— JC Murphy (@NotThat_JC) January 14, 2020
Massachusetts city names
Gloucester = Glosster
Leominster= Lemon stir
Lowell= rhymes with Dole
Chelmsford = Chumsfud
— Hindsight is 2020 (@linda_ldk) January 15, 2020
The Dalles, Oregon
Also the words:
Not thanking the bus driver
— Build Soil & Make Refugia (@BuildSoil) January 15, 2020
Do any certain words or places strike a chord with you and your local brethren?