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How do you say Clinton?

Posted February 17, 2011

How do you pronounce the town that is the Sampson County seat? Different sources tell WRAL different things, so we want you to decide. Watch this video where I explain the three ways we've heard it, then cast your vote! Vote: How do you say Clinton?

How do you say Clinton? How do you say Clinton?




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  • nc_jcnumber5 Feb 22, 2011

    I went to school in Raeford Bill and we always used #1. By the way, I appreciated the "Hi" at the beginning of your video. I sometimes forget you're a good old southern boy like me because you "clean up" your accent so well on TV, but that was a definitive reminder.

  • terriea Feb 21, 2011

    #1 -- although my dad always used #3

  • ryanvann Feb 19, 2011


  • JohnnyMcRonny Feb 18, 2011

    Well, I was born and raised where the definitive English is spoken ;) and I would say Clin-tun. There are many places named Clinton in the UK. But, if you are from the east end of London you would most likely say it more like #1. Hard to explain but t's don't have the tuh sound. i.e., you start to sound the t but stop short of pulling the tongue away from the roof of the mouth.

    Similar deal with words like butter. I pronounce the t's very clearly. Here, t's are more like d's - budder. People from the east end of London (and the town where I grew up) say bugh-uh.

    The common US d rather than t is prevalent in the west country of England (Devon, Somerset and Cornwall).

    Coming from the UK, I find how the variations of pronunciation in the US link to regional variations in the UK quite fascinating. Same goes for phrases and sayings.

  • Air Biscuit Feb 18, 2011


    I moved to the area about 20 years ago from western North Carolina---I've always pronounced it like number 1.

    However, I attended Campbell University in the 80s, and I had a classmate who was from Clinton...only she didn't pronounce it any way close to 1,2, or 3.

    She actually used 3 syllables, and pronounced it, "CLEE-int-nun". Sounded like someone pouring syrup over pancakes.

    Most Sampson county natives butcher words any way. The ink writing utensil is a "PEE-yun" Easter, the tomb was "EE-yum-tee".

    They put an "r" at the end of words ending in a: "Cinemar Plaza theatre" ..."Splendar" (the sweetener)

    They also put an "s" at the end of store names: "WalMarts" "Penneys" and "Belks"

  • westoflyra Feb 18, 2011

    #1 "naturally" :D

  • momof3girls Feb 18, 2011

    I went with #1 but really shouldn't the correct pronunciation of the town name be with the people who live there? Other places have a similar issue, such as New Orleans, Louisville, Concord (ever hear the New England pronunciation vs. the North Carolina one?), and Missouri. I'm sure there are countless others.

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  • kiljadn Feb 18, 2011

    Hard-hitting investigative journalism right here folks

  • triplettk Feb 18, 2011





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