Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#AtoZChallenge - All Gallow's Eve - L



LOUISVILLE - A CITY STORY

Before we moved to Kentucky, we lived in Texas.  One two occasions, we drove up here with the kids to visit Chris's Dad and Mamaw.  Both times, our vehicle broke down beyond simple repair and Chris's Dad had to come and rescue us several hundred miles away from his home.  Yeah, I know most parents would do that for their children, and certainly grandparents for grandchildren.  But there are a couple of exceptional additions to this set-up.

First of all, my father-in-law's right leg is amputated above the knew due to an infection that had set in after a surgery.  Secondly, he had not met our two boys before our first visit.  Secondly, the first time I met my father-in-law was when he knocked on our motel room door at 2am after he arrived from Kentucky to pick us up.

So, that was all set up for the real story.  We were waiting in a gas station-cafe while someone was trying to fix our vehicle when I overheard the following story.  Some version of this will probably wind up in All Gallow's Eve.

A table of locals were sitting there talking amongst themselves.  They were trying to determine the pronunciation of the capital city of Kentucky, whether it was "Loo-iss-ville" or "Loo-ee-ville".  My mind played the following retort:

"First of all, the capital of Kentucky if FRANKFORT!  Secondly, it's not pronounced "Loo-iss-ville" OR "Loo-ee-ville", *ahem* silly, it's "LOO-uh-vull", or even "LOO-vull".  You'll be pegged for an outsider right off talking like that!"

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10 comments:

  1. I live in a city where it is pronounced different than it is spelled. It is a mark of whether you are a visitor or a native on how you pronounce it. After we moved here, I practiced a lot so I would get it right :)

    betty

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    1. Sounds just like what I would do, betty!

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  2. I guess it would sound even funnier if I said it with my Jamaican accent. :)

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    1. Anything is better than Loo-iss-ville, JL! :O)

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  3. It would had been fun, if you had intervened in the 'discussion' and shared about the correct capital! No?! :D

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    1. Well, maybe after we got our food! *lol*

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  4. If you haven't lived around here for at least 20 years, don't even try to pronounce some of the names! Yes, i think it's that way in a lot of places.

    Your father-in-law sounds like a real trouper.

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    1. I hear ya, Mimi. FIL is one of the two strongest (in constitution) whom I know.

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  5. So you know folks in Texas always have their own way of mis-pronouncing everything. Therefore, I won't add my Texas accent to your examples...except to say instead of You'll be pegged...."All Ya'll be pegged...!!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
    Minion for AJ's wHooligans

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    1. Yup, I done used to tawk like all y'all dew, Sue, but now ah speak more like a hillbilly. ;)

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