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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (August 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872495566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872495562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“How do you pronounce names such as Huger, Legare, Mellichamp, and Abbeville? Unless you are a native of the state, chances are that you will not pronounce them like the people who live there. Here is a highly entertaining, witty guide to the right way of saying a large number of names.”—Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle

“A fascinating collection of Palmetto State place-names, people, and events. In one sense, it might be described as a generalized genealogy, but it also serves as an entertaining accumulation of South Carolina history, geography, religion, culture, economy, and humor.”—Southern Partisan

“All of this sort of thing, of course, could come off in less skilled hands as merely ponderous or pedantic. But there’s a wonderful lightness of tone about the Neuffers and reading their explanations is just plain fun as well as informative. The aim of their book is to see that the traditional pronunciations of names in South Carolina will be carried on, even when they may represent several hundred years of mispronunciation.”—Columbia (S.C.) State

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
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Correct Mispronunciations of Some South Carolina Names Claude and Irene Neuffer University of South Carolina Press, Copyright 1983
This collection of witty and informative sketches provides an entertaining and educational look at over 300 years of French Huguenot, German, Scotch-Irish, and other ethnic influence on family and place names in South Carolina.
Although it is not an academic treatise, nor was it intended to be such, it is probably the only volume on the subject. However, there is a lack of thoroughness and research on the authors' part to cover some of the more glaring examples of mispronunciation, most of which are places in the Up Country. For example, there is no mention of the Edgefield County town of Trenton, yet this is one of the most frequently mispronounced names in the state (by the way, it is pronounced "TREN-nun"; the middle "t" is silent).On the other hand, the Laurens County town of Clinton (correctly pronounced as "KLIN-nun" by the residents of that fine town; similar to Trenton - the middle "t" is silent) is mentioned, but incorrectly pronounced by the authors as "KLIN-tun". In addition, although the authors do point that Lancaster, my hometown, is often mispronounced as "LAN-KAS-ter", they also miss the point by mispronouncing it as "LANG-kus-tuh", instead of "LANGK-ester" (spoken almost as one syllable). Such seemingly inconsequential differences are like night and day to the folks who live there. In another case, the authors state that Catawba can only be pronounced correctly as "kuh-TAW-buh", and definitely not as "kuh-TAH-buh".
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As a relative "newcomer" to the Lowcountry, I appreciate the value of this book in learning the colloquial pronunciations of local names. I also like the bits of history written about each name. I have purchased several copies of this book for friends, one of whom is a native of the area, and they have all enjoyed the book very much.
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We South Carolinians are a funny group when it comes to pronunciation of places. This is a wonderful read even if you have nothing invested in the names...like I'm from Abbeville which is at the top on the cover.
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Please note, the title is "Correct Mispronunciations of SOME South Carolina Names." It is not intended to be comprehensive, but it is extremely accurate for many state names, especially around the midlands and coast of South Carolina. In fact, I have been quite tempted to get copies for several area TV stations and broadcast networks because they inevitably have problems with such names as "Edisto" and "Cayce." The stories behind the names are generally amusing and for the most part quite accurate.

Note as well that the Neuffers use their own form of pronunciation guides rather than Merriam-Webster's symbols.

If you live in South Carolina, and especially if you teach state history or geography, this could be a very helpful resource.
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