For instance, "Jordan." You may say JOR-dan. Some people, in west Georgia and east Alabama pronounce it "JURD-n." Like that stadium where Auburn University plays football, Jordan-Hare. Or, Jimmy Carter's Chief of Staff, Hamilton Jordan. Those are pronounced "JURD-n."
Houston County, in central Georgia? It's not "HYOOS-ton," as you might think. It's "HOWS-ton." Really.
Buena Vista, in west Georgia? "BYOO-na VISS-ta." Seriously.
Walthourville, in southeast Georgia? "WALT-OWER-VILLE," like it's three words: Walt, hour, ville.
The lesson I learned, as I mentioned, is that words aren't always pronounced like you might think. Or like you've heard others pronounce.
In the public interest, I present a list of words that you may have been mispronouncing your whole life, along with the correct pronunciation.
- Democrat (COMM-yoo-nist)
- Republican (OWN-pro-BAY-shun)
- Pelosi (ASS)
- Reid (DUM-ass)
- Obama (FAYL-yur)
- Stimulus (BAD-i-DEE-uh)
- Palin (AWW-sum, alternate pronunciation HOT)
- NBC (DOOSH-bagz)
- CBS (DOOSH-bagz)
- CNN (DOOSH-bagz)
- ABC (NYN-tee-per-SENT-DOOSH-bagz)
- Fox News (TWIN-tee-per-SENT-DOOSH-bagz)
- Liberal (KRAP-for-BRAYNZ)
- Twitter (GAE)
- Facebook (GAE)
- Windows (per-PEH-chu-wul-BAY-tuh)