igne et ferrum est potentas
"Hey the Rocky Mountains aren't so rocky... That John Denver is fulla s***."
Here is the correct pronunciation Maryland:
The strong first syllable is the name of a female horse (MARE), rhymes with Bear. In some parts of the state, it may be closer to MUR (rhymes with fur).
The middle syllable (uh or i) is pronounced as the vowel sound of "mud" or "mid". It is very weak and barely audible, even omitted on occasion to make it a two syllable word.
The weak last syllable (lind) rhymes with wind. The terminal "d" is barely audible in most cases and sometimes even omitted.
The first syllable is never MARY (never rhymes with ferry). The last syllable is never LAND (never rhymes with band).
These are all OK:
MARE-uh-lin (as in Marilyn Monroe)
Last edited by Odd Man Out; 08-03-2012 at 21:27.
Here's some interesting "Virginia Placenames Pronunciation". Not all are along the trail but many are near by.
You don’t need God—to hope, to care, to love, to live.
Unaka? In Erwin they say you-nay-kah. I always figured it was you-knack-kah. A lot of nice people in Erwin. Just sayin'.
I'm not really a hiker, I just play one on White Blaze.
Wat's da matta wid meyes pranunckiateon?
"Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati"
Ewe-NEIGH-kuh is correct.
Watauga, a lake in TN, is wuh-TAH-guh. The middle syllable is like the first syllable of toggle.
Ceres, a community in SW VA. I say SE-Russ. First syllable like the beginning of Sarah's. Correct?
Weverton Cliffs, above Harpers Ferry to the north. Pronounced as if there were an "a" in the first syllable, weaverton. Correct?
This is an interesting thread from my point of view but I won't contribute for a number of reasons....
Interesting reading in this context. A pronunciation that varies from the local one easily marks you as "not from here". I hope we won't start killing each other over Appa-LATCH-in vs. Appa-LACHE-in.
Pronunciation, like spelling is a joke. It flys in the face of the human behavior. The entire idea of correctness in such a thing will not work. Us humans won't abide.
MARY*land or MARYL*and
And if you live in Baltimore then your from Balmer, and you call everyone hon. Example: "Hey hon I'm from Balmer, Mary land too"
"Chainsaw" GA-ME 2011
who cares, as long as there's free ice cream...
For what it's worth (which is zilch - because I believe the local people determine pronunciation of place names) in Australia and I believe most other engish speaking countries we call it the appa-lay-shun mountains.
I'm looking forward to trying to get my tongue around the other pronunciations.
this thread makes me miss mathewski. that would be MATH YOU ski. he's not posted in a while, but he would be able to answer all of our questions, authoritatively.
Pronounciation must role off your tongue like serup off a spoon. Marville, Marland! Or if you prefer Murville, Murland.
I dream of hiking into my old age. ~Marlyn Doan