Educating outsiders about locale names in North Carolina

Just some food for thought, but when I moved to the great state of North Carolina, I never thought I’d run into some really strange spelling of cities, towns, and counties. Totally against phonetics when it comes to names.
For instance, Asheville has a silent “e” and is called “ashville”. Why exactly is Pfafftown spoken as “poff-town” instead of “faff-town”. And don’t get me started on how Forsyth County is spoken as “for-sythe” but should be “for-sith”. Strangely enough, back in 1850, it was spelled as Forsythe.
In the end, it could be someone’s name that made the difference. Perhaps people just mispoke it for so long, it was just taken as the correct method of speaking the name. Who knows? Without knowing the history behind Winston-Salem, I’m still trying to ponder why Winston and Salem are dashed instead of one word? Perhaps two towns grew so large that they merged together just like Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO? Very possible.
In any case, just a few quirks that you have to learn while living here.

  • I’ve alway enjoyed watching new TV personalities try to pronounce these towns.

  • I’ve alway enjoyed watching new TV personalities try to pronounce these towns.

  • jw

    I used to live in Nebraska, home of Schuyler, pronounced Sky-Ler.
    Now I live near MacKay road, which is MAC-key.
    Then there’s that coach down the road, Krzyzewski. I’m Polish and even I don’t get THAT!

  • jw

    I used to live in Nebraska, home of Schuyler, pronounced Sky-Ler.
    Now I live near MacKay road, which is MAC-key.
    Then there’s that coach down the road, Krzyzewski. I’m Polish and even I don’t get THAT!