Raleigh, N.C. -- awesome or aw-dropping?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Feb 13 00:10:26 UTC 2014

Raleigh, North Carolina, is much in the news this moment for its
proximity to North Carolinians of stupidity (to paraphrase its
governor).  I hear announcers saying "Rollie" (almost "Rah-lee", but
not quite?).  I learned "Raw-lee".  Is that because I'm an effete
(North-)* Easterner?  Or did I learn it from hearing pre-modern announcers?

* South-Easterners' methods may differ.


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