- Posted July 13, 2014 by
Yankee pronunciations of local towns and rivers.
Here’s an experiment. (Don’t cheat and look at the bottom). Look at the words below and determine how you would say them on the spot. Most importantly, this is not whatsoever about the dictionary pronunciation of words but how locals pronounce the words. Thanks.
2. Pass Christian
11. New Orleans
Here’s how these words are pronounced locally.
1. Biloxi = ba-lux-E – For some reason tourists always want to say ba-LOX-E…
2. Pass Christian = Pass Chris-E-Ann – Tourists usually say it like the religion.
3. Saucier = so-sure – pickup truck, gun rack and baseball cap required for this town.
4. Tchoupitoula= Chop-a-too-la
5. Carriere = K-rear
6. Gautier = go-shay - My personal favorite as I hear really funny versions of this word.
7. Diberville = D-I-berville….tourists will use a short “I” instead of a long.
8. Dedeaux = D-doe
9. Tchoutacabouffa= chot-a-ca-boof-a
10. Beauvoir = bO-vwa
11. New Orleans = Old time locals = Nawlins, newer locals = New Orluns (luns as in buns)
Tourists and deceptive types = New OrlEEns.
So how Southern are you?
Match 6+ out of 11 - You just might be missing your Southern home. You should double check your genealogy.
Match 3 to 5 – You might be a tourist and nice place to visit but wouldn’t wanna live there kinda person.
Match 0 to 2 = It just might be dangerous for you to trek the Mason-Dixon Line.
One more thing I find really funny about tourists no matter where they are from or where they visit is that they’ll make a comment about how the locals have an accent when they’re the only one around with the accent! Too funny.