Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

You're Not From the Triangle If....

Posted May 24, 2007

You’re not from the Triangle if you say________________________. I’ve decided to fill in the blank. Please feel free to add to my list.

ZEB-yoo-LAWN for Zebulon. It’s ZEB-yoo-lun

Ba-HAHM-uh for Bahama. It’s ba-HAY-muh

WEN-duhl for Wendell. It’s WEN-DELL. Accent on both syllables.

Lake Jordan. It’s Jordan Lake.

ANN-JEER for Angier. It’s ANN-jur.

Ka-TRELL for Kittrell. It’s KIT-trul.


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  • bleslie May 25, 2007

    This has been a lot of fun. Thanks for playing along.

    I did not intend for this to become any sort of forum for Yankee bashing and the most part it hasn't been that. I even thought about titling it a Newcomer's Guide to Pronunciation.

    As some fine folks in the mountains might say: You-uns done good! And I 'preciate it!


  • JerryO May 25, 2007

    Good one kwnelson1!! And true

  • livedietarheel May 25, 2007

    Its "Durm", not Dur-ham...its one syllable!

  • JenS May 25, 2007

    Meh-bin, not Meh-bane for Mebane! haha My boss just said it wrong yesterday! I second Bill about Wendell, Zebulon and Angier. My best friend is from Upstate New York and I here her say it wrong all the time! haha You should here her try to say Norfolk. I'm just sayin'!

  • FarmerDoug May 25, 2007

    "You-uns" instead of y'all. Also, forgettin' to use an apostrophe at the end of a verb....rather than a "g". After all, we'll still "bless your heart" if you're not fixin' to acclimate. Really y'all, sweet tea is redundant.

  • terrible terrier May 25, 2007

    You're not a native of the triangle if you say "Go Duke"

  • milky1 May 25, 2007

    "It's also funny that some of these newsgroups get moderated for yankee bashing (and I'm NOT bashing anybody), then Bill opens this one up."

    THAT is the funniest of ALL.

  • JerryO May 25, 2007

    Well, pirate lady, you must admit,we do have a unigue accent. I'm from Beaufort County myself. That's Bo-fort, not Bu-fort. I'm kinda proud of it too.

  • robster May 25, 2007

    2thebeach, good're probably right...

  • Michael Kenyon May 25, 2007

    Milky said: "Also, "From where do you hail?" "

    Except down here, when someone says "hail", you're never sure if they mean ach-eee-double-hockey sticks or not. As in, "Oh, hail yeah!"

    Plus, some of the boys I grew up with would make fun of your sentence form, "From where do you hail?", as being somewhat more educated than necessary.

    It's also funny that some of these newsgroups get moderated for yankee bashing (and I'm NOT bashing anybody), then Bill opens this one up.




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