Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Scary Pronunciations

Posted October 22, 2009 7:59 a.m. EDT

It's split about 50-50 in our newsroom.

How do you pronounce the word Halloween?

What about "orange" as in the color of a pumpkin?

And here's another one - how do you say "horror" as in what you're supposed to feel when you visit a haunted house this time of year.

As a North Carolina native I have always pronounced "halloween" with the first syllable sounding like the nickname of Harold. It's HAL-oh-ween. However some of our folks insist on calling it HALL-oh-ween or HAUL-oh-ween.

There's a big football game tonight in Orange County. Is it AHR-eng or ORE-eng County? You decide.

Lynda Loveland used to kid me about my pronuncation of "horror." I used to say HAHR-or. I now say HORE-or. How do you say it?

Weigh in with your ideas and make me light up like a jack-o-lantern!