Date: Fri, 25 Feb 1994 07:44:31 EST From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: local locality pronunciations I think I misspelled Taliaferro. Wayne >I'm not sure whether the eponymous gentleman was being forgotten or >memorialized. I recall a former quarterback--he may have played for the >Jets and/or the Patriots--whose name was spelled Taliaferro (like the county >except for the double t) and pronounced in just that manner, as in Oliver. >So we may not be dealing with perverse toponymy here but perverse onomastics, >if that's the right technonym. >--Larry >----------------------------Original message---------------------------- >>In this vein, I've always regarded these idiosyncratic local pronunciations as >>our modern (modren?) shibboleths. One of my favorites is the suburb of >>Rochester spelled Chili and pronounced to rhyme with jai-alai. >> >> LH > >>From Wayne Glowka > >A colleague has just reminded me that Taliafero County (in Georgia >somewhere along I-20) is pronounced [taliv[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]r] as a means of forgetting the >jerk after whoM the county was named.