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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Pronunciation Problem

Posted October 30, 2009 8:23 a.m. EDT

How do you say the second word of our grand state? How do you pronounce "Carolina?"

I keep hearing national and some local announcers saying it wrong. In my humble opinion there is only one way to say "Carolina." The first syllable rhymes with hair, stair and bear.

Phonetically it is KAIR-oh-LY-na. The first syllable sounds exactly like the word "care."

Listening to the national announcers calling the UNC-Virginia Tech football game last night you would have thought that we lived in KEER-oh-LY-na. In other words they think the first syllable of Carolina rhymes with steer, beer and deer. Well, it doesn't.

Let's say it right! That's Carolina! Say it with care!  Say it like James Taylor sings it.