I just returned from doing research at the National Archives in DC.
I was astounded to see Mr. Howerton's post taking me to task for inappropriate comments.
Can we please re read Mr. Nichols' comments?
"Yes,, these southern pronunciations are wonderful! I'm not making fun, but these are just things you learn so as not to insult a family in your area. My favorite all-time unusual southern surname pronunciation is "Beauchamps." I about fell out of my chair when a local man politely corrected me to pronounce this as "Beech'-um" with the emphasis on the first syllable
Notice the words "southern", "in your area" and "unusual southern surname pronunciation "
Taken these remarks in context and considering that the presumed mispronunciation is by no means confined to the South, I felt that that to characterize it being a "southern pronunciation" (taken in context) was a slur against my Beloved Southern Homeland.
Perhaps if Mr. Nichols had not made his comments apply to the South there would have been no misunderstanding.
MOS & B
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