By “correct mispronunciations” we mean, of course, pronunciations that are considered correct in
South Carolinabut will seem wrong to you if you’ve just arrived from Connecticut, bless your sun-seeking heart, and you’ve never been in the before. Palmetto State
We’d like to preserve these traditional pronunciations. We are
South Caroliniansand to a South Carolinian the impulse to preserve tradition is almost as instinctive as breathing.
There’s the story about the three dogs who met at the corner of
Broad Streetand Meeting Streetin . One of them was a mongrel who said, “I’m from Charleston and my name is Spot. That’s spelled S-P-O-T.” Another was a German Shepherd to said, “I’m from New York and my name is Rover. That’s spelled R-O-V-E-R.” The third was a French Poodle who said, “Welcome to [ Ohio ]. My name is Fido and that’s spelled P-H-I-D-E-A-U-X.” South Carolina
We hope…that [these] too-frequently mispronounced names will be helpful to broadcasters and to newcomers who’d like to pronounce the names of local people and places in the ways that
South Carolinianshave traditionally preferred.
--Claude and Irene Neuffer, authors of Correct Mispronunciations of Some South Carolina Names, excerpt from pages v-vii.
Today’s Beaufort County Correct Mispronunciations:
BUE-fuht, BOE-fuht (first pronunciation in
The Duke of Beaufort was a later Lord Proprietor (being invested in the proprietorship of Lord Granville in 1709.) Besides the more recently named Beaufort Streets and drives throughout the state, the southeast coastal area includes a district, county, town, river, and archipelago each named for the duke. The Beaufort section is often termed “the most discovered area in the United States”—having been discovered by Spanish, French, Scots, and English, in that order, with the English settlement surviving the colonial hardships. The source of confusion for newcomers is that up the coast and across the state line the
Spelling to the contrary,
910.3 NEU. Correct Mispronunciations of Some
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