How do the “locals” pronounce it?

As a neophyte reporter, one of the first things I learned is how to pronounce the names of unfamiliar people and places.  The key is simple but often ignored.   Ask the “locals”.    For example, there’s a town south of Atlanta called McDonough.   The “locals” prounce it McDONough…not McDunough.  Ft. McPherson is a military base south of Atlanta named after an army officer.  You can’t ask the General because he’s dead.   But you can ask his descendants.   They’ll tell you the family named is pronounced McFurson…not McFearson.  There are many tricky names everywhere.  For example, Taliaferro county.   Surprisingly to me, the “locals” pronounce it Tolliver.    If in doubt, ask the “locals”.  Don’t rely on how you hear others pronounce it.


2 Responses to “How do the “locals” pronounce it?”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Not to mention “Pawns-duh-lee’-awn” – right?

  2. Deanna Says:

    Nobody EVER believes me when I tell them that’s pronounced “Tolliver!”

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