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    Default Need Pronunciation help = McAffee Knob

    McAfee = Mic calf ee
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    McAfee = Mac A fee

    Have heard it both way's. Is this gonna be a Yankee vs. Southern Pronunciation just like Appalachian?
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    MACK a fee knob is how I've always heard it pronounced

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    I'm local ... and frankly ... even the locals pronounce it both ways. Sometimes both ways in the same sentence

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    Its the second part of "McAfee Knob" that gets me. In Ireland, "knob" has no geological connotations. It can mean a kind of handle on a door, but more often used as slang.

    "knob" is slang for an erect penis or used roughly similar to "dick", as in "That guy is a knob[head]".

    So whenever I climb to the top of a knob on the AT, my inner 12 year old has a little chuckle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenp View Post

    So whenever I climb to the top of a knob on the AT, my inner 12 year old has a little chuckle.
    So I probably shouldn't suggest that you use a "fanny pack" to carry some of your gear, eh?

    I always heard "MACK uh fee". But if Turtle hears it both ways, then there you go.
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    I live nearby as well. Probably 80% say MAC ah fee's knob, but there are definitely some that emphasis the A sound. Honestly, the way it's capitalized makes me think it ought to be the less common pronunciation, but it still sounds weird to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenp View Post
    Its the second part of "McAfee Knob" that gets me. In Ireland, "knob" has no geological connotations. It can mean a kind of handle on a door, but more often used as slang.

    "knob" is slang for an erect penis or used roughly similar to "dick", as in "That guy is a knob[head]".

    So whenever I climb to the top of a knob on the AT, my inner 12 year old has a little chuckle.
    I bet you really got a kick out of getting to Highcock knob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle-2013 View Post
    I'm local ... and frankly ... even the locals pronounce it both ways. Sometimes both ways in the same sentence
    I live about 10 miles from there and like Turtle I hear it both ways (and more) everytime I'm over there.
    Now if you really want to have fun with pronouncionation in that area,Catawba can be quite entertaining.

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    I would go for the third pronunciation option, "Mick Aye Fees Kah Noob", you'll confuse everyone and leave an impression that will be lasting.

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    Mc\Mick...son of
    Mac\Mack...brother of

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    Son of knob

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbolt View Post
    McAfee = Mic calf ee
    or
    McAfee = Mac A fee

    Have heard it both way's. Is this gonna be a Yankee vs. Southern Pronunciation just like Appalachian?
    It is pronounced just like the Anti-virus software -- both ways. Actually, John McAfee should know -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vte2VIGH3Q
    Last edited by Shutterbug; 07-10-2016 at 21:18.
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    You hear it both ways because some people are saying it wrong.

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    Always have heard it 2 ways
    MACK-UH-FEE
    MAH-CAF-EE

    Ill be there for the first time in the next month or so, ill ask which it prefers and update

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