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Misspelled towns

Posted February 16, 2010

What North Carolina towns are often misspelled?

As a child I was so excited to receive my first box of personalized stationery from Uncle Henry. That is,  until I read the address printed on the fine paper. The printer assumed Uncle Henry misspelled the name of my town on the order form. So this is how it looked on the envelope and letterhead:

Bill Leslie
101 N. Anderson Street
Morgantown, NC 28655

Maybe the printer was from West Virginia. I don’t know, but I remember how deeply disappointed I was.

Here are some other N.C. towns and counties that tend to stump people when it comes to spelling:

  • Cullowhee
  • Hillsborough
  • Ramseur
  • Robeson
  • Saxapahaw
  • Watauga
  • Perquimans
  • Pasquotank
  • Creedmoor
  • Fuquay-Varina

What are some other often misspelled towns and counties?


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  • schevsay Feb 16, 2010

    Asheville. It's NOT Ashville. There's an "e" in there.

  • whitneysemail Feb 16, 2010

    I hear Yankees try to pronounce Fuquay everyday Frizz. It's hilarious. My wife, when she calls someone and spells the name, says upfront "I'm not cussing you, but's if F-U Q-U-A-Y".

  • oakmont Feb 16, 2010

    I want to change my hometown to Silver City instead of Siler City. I get a lot mail this way and some people will change the address on bills,etc.

  • Iconoclast Feb 16, 2010

    When I lived in Davie County, I was in the town of Cooleemee, often confused with Cullowhee. Speaking of Davie County, there is a town named Advance. But be sure and pronounce it with an exaggerated accent on the "Ad".

  • trbarham Feb 16, 2010

    Wilson's Mills on Hwy 70 going to Smithfield/Selma.

  • wiley14 Feb 16, 2010

    What about Browns Summit (often called Brown Summit) in Guilford County.

    And I have friends that confuse Morrisville with in Mooresville (Iredell County).

  • donnaferguson Feb 16, 2010

    In regard to the Chocowinity reference. I'm ashamed to admit I'm from Beaufort County (originally) and forgot Chocowinity. Thanks for jarring my old memory there. Chokowenetee!!! My Grandma Isabelle refused to learn the correct spelling...guess phonics (foniks) worked (werked) for (fer) her (hur)!!! Good day fellow GOLOers

  • Nana143 Feb 16, 2010

    Bill, ba HAY ma is correct. I was going to list the three family names that ba HAY ma came from (Ball, Harris and Mangum), but WRAL kicked my message back for Ball.

  • pmck Feb 16, 2010

    I understand it's Fuquay Varina and not Fuquay-Varina.

  • thefensk Feb 16, 2010

    Since this has switched to include pronounciations (thank you folks to hit on Mebane) I thought I'd go out-state for a couple of my favorites. I lived in Austin Texas for quite a number of years and Manchaca is just south of Austin. They pronounce it "Manshack" ... why I don't know. Similarly the town of Manor ... they pronounce it May-nor. When I lived up in Mount Vernon Texas (the home-town of Dandy Don Meredith) there was the nearby town of Saltillo ... but you can't use the Spanish pronounciation, it is Salt-till-o.




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