Say it like a native: place name pronunciation

Staff writer Martha Quillin’s story about the pronunciation of Lejeune reminds me of the peculiarities of place name pronunciation. Even if the name of the family was pronounced one way, the name of the Marine base has come to be pronounced another way.

Broadcast journalists tended to pronounce the name of the trail where Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina was reported to be hiking as Appa-LAY-chian. Most of us here in North Carolina rhyme that third syllable with "latch." Both pronunciations are recognized, but it appears the more people use the short a pronunciation. Merriam-Webster’s online pronunciation guide does. Another page cites a well-known history of the region,

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