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Appalachia, Appalachian Mountains and how to say it

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first, we need to understand where the name came from:

Appalachian comes from Apalchen or Apalachen, which is the name of a Native American tribe that was located near present-day Tallahassee, Florida. The name was altered by the Spanish to Apalachee and used to the describe the tribe and the region. Spanish explorer Pánfilo de Narváez first entered into Apalachee territory on June 15, 1528 and applied the name.


how to say it:

Technically, it depends on where you're from. If you live in or around the Appalachian Mountains, especially the central and southern section, you pronounce it App-uh-LATCH-uh. Anyone who pronounces it differently will immediately be seen as an outsider or someone being pretentious.


However, in most places in the United States, it is pronounced App-uh-LAY-shuh, even though this is a deviation from the historical pronunciation and enough to make most Appalachian natives (including me!) irate.


So basically, say it however you want outside of Appalachia, but if you go there, say it like the locals--unless you want spit in your grits and sweet tea.



so, if you want to say it the historicly correct and the way it was pronounced when given it's name you say it with a CH, like church, cherry, Cherokee. since when did the two letters together CH make a SHa sound?


sorry, just have a hard time when all these new people to make themselves look better than the people who live here and act like we don't even know how to say where we live. and what's worse is when in sports they cant say Appalachian State University the correct way.

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