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    TALK LIKE A LOCAL

    TALK LIKE A LOCAL

    You’ll never fit in ‘round these parts if you pronounce the names of our landmarks wrong! Many places in South Carolina are regularly pronounced incorrectly – even those of us who have been around for a while sometimes goof on a street name or two. So confusing can these names be that there’s even a book on the subject: Correct Mispronunciations of South Carolina Names by Claude and Irene Neuffer. As a lighthearted addition to our relocation guide, we present just a few of the more commonly confused local pronunciations.

    Beaufort. BYOU-furt not BOW-fert.

    Calibogue. cal-uh-BOW-gee

    Chapin CHAY-pin

    Chechessee. chuh-chessie

    Citadel. SIT-uh-dl not SIT-uh-DELL

    Clemson. CLEM-sun

    Coligny. cuh-LIG-nee.

    Combahee. KUM-bee.

    Coosawhatchie. KOO-suh-HATCH-ee

    Dataw. DAW-TAW

    Daufuskie. duh-FUS-key

    Goethe Road. GO-dy-road

    Okatie. OH-kuh-tee

    Pocotaligo. Po-co-ta-lee-go

    Ribaut. REE-bo

    If you want to read a bit more, check out this old Island Packet article: Don’t Speak Lowcountry? Then Read This.