How to pronounce pintlala alabama
11 of Alabama's most mispronounced town names
As someone who was born in Houston County, Ga., I know about having to correct pronunciations. My home county was not pronounced like the Texas city but was said House-do. When my family moved to Alabama when I was 11, I remember how we smiled at the whimsically named Wee-duh-wee until we learned it was Wee-DOW-ee, an Indian name.
I made a list of some of Alabama's most mispronounced place names but I know our observant readers will suggest many others. Send your oddly pronounced town name, along with its county and a phonetic pronunciation to [email protected] Or, if you disagree with the pronunciations below, be sure to send me your thoughts.
Here's my list:
1. Arab, Ay-rab
Unlike the name of the ethnic group of people who speak Arabic, the name of this Marshall County town is pronounced Ay-rab. It all started with a tiny misunderstanding at the post office.
When city officials submitted the name to the U.S. Postal Service in 1882, they submitted "Arad" after Arad Thompson, son of early settler and first postmaster Stephen Tuttle Thompson. Arad is used in the Bible as the name of a man and a town and is pronounced Ay-rad. So when the postal service accidentally listed the town as "Arab," it was from then on pronounced Ay-rab.
Arab, home to about 8,000 people, is located near another Marshall County town with a Biblical name: Boaz.
2. Mobile, Moe-beel
No, it's not Moe-bile or Moe-bull. Residents in this port city founded in the 1700s as a French colony continually have to correct visitors. Mobile, home to the state's only salt-water port and seat of Mobile County, has about 200,000 residents in the city, and about 410,000 in its metro area.
When colonists first arrived, they discovered the area was home to a tribe of Mobile Indians and gave the city its name.
3. Wedowee, Wee-DOW-ee
This Randolph County town of about 800 people is named for a Muscogee Creek Indian chief. Oddly, although the name means "old water," the area's tourist attraction, Lake Wedowee, is a man-made lake created to generate hydroelectric power. Construction on the dam began in 1974 and was completed in 1983.
4. Tallassee, Tae-luh-see
The name of this town that straddles two counties - Elmore and Tallapoosa - is not so hard to pronounce when you read closely. But it is often confused with the larger and better-known Tallahassee, Fla., And people often don't notice there is no "hass" syllable.
Tallassee, home to about 4,800 people, and is located on the Tallapoosa River and in the Emerald Mountains, part of the Appalachians. Before the Creek Wars, it was the location of the Creek capital city, Tuckabatchee, and has a long Native American history.
5. Dauphin Island, Daw-fin Island
Mispronunciation of the name of this coastal Alabama town is also a case of not reading closely. Many people pronounce it "Dolphin Island," and while there are plenty of dolphins in the area it was named by early French colonists after the word used for the heir to the French throne. But we come full circle when we discover "dauphin" is also the French word for "dolphin," which was depicted on the coat of arms for French royals of the period.
Initially called Massacre Island after large numbers of bones were found there, Dauphin Island boasts a varied and wild history filled with tales of pirates, Indian mounds and bloody battles. Today about 1,400 people live on the island, which is the home of Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a marine education and research facility, as well as historical and tourist attractions.
6. Cairo, Kay-row
This unincorporated community in Limestone County is pronounced not like the Egyptian capital, for which it was likely named, but like the white cooking syrup. Cairo, population unknown, is a small crossroads near Sandlin Cemetery and home to several churches.
7. Flomaton, Flow-ma-tahn
This Escambia County town of about 1,400 people is located on the Alabama-Florida border and gets its name by combining "Florida," "Alabama" and "town." It was initially settled in 1869 as a railway town and was incorporated in 1908.
8. Guin, Gyoo-win
Guin, a town of about 2,400 residents in Marion County, is named for a pioneering family in the area. The first syllable is sometimes mispronounced "goo" or "jew." A nearby town is named Gu-Win because it is between Guin and Winfield.
The small burg of Guin was devastated by an F5 tornado on April 3, 1974, that killed 23 residents.
9. LaFayette, La-FAY-it
This Chambers County town of about 3,000 residents is known as the birthplace of boxing champion Joe Louis. Although it was named for the Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, locals do not use the French pronunciation, preferring to put the emphasis on the second syllable. It is also written with a capital F.
10. Loachapoka, Low-cha-poke-ah
This Lee County town of only about 165 residents was named for the Muscogee Indian word meaning "turtle-killing place." It is known for syrup-making - sorghum and ribbon cane - and hosts an annual Syrup Sopping Day. It is also home to several historical sites.
11. Pintlala, Pent-la-la
This unusually named unincorporated community in Montgomery County has also been called Colquitt (pronounced Call quit) and is sometimes written Pint Lala. It is named for nearby Pintlala Creek from the Creek Indian words for "dragging canoe."
Pintlala was located on the Old Federal Road. Much of the town was burned during the Creek War.
Kelly Kazek is following the trends and talking aboutReal Alabama. Call her at 256-701-0576, find her onFacebook, or use contacts at the top of this story. Follow herOdd Travels otherReal Alabamaboards on Pinterest.
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