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  • Really, c_b? Gosh, you must be in the North! ;->

    I wonder whether "Norfolk" was ever pronounced "NOOR-folk" anywhere? *considering*

    September 30, 2008

  • We have a Norfolk Island in Australia, home to descendands of The Bounty's mutineers. Pronunciation NAW-fek with a genuine schwa in the second syllable.

    September 30, 2008

  • It's LafayETTE in Virginia, too, though. I think just certain areas of the South pronounce it while acCENTing the wrong sylLAble.

    Virginia had a pretty solid tie with the Marquis de Lafayette, what with Yorktown and all, maybe that's why it's pronounced that way here...?

    September 30, 2008

  • Ha! And that reminds me of the difference in how most people in the Southeastern and Northeastern United States pronounce "Lafayette." It's "La-FAY-et" in the South, but "La-fay-ET" in the North.

    September 30, 2008

  • Actually it most often sounds, at least for people in the region around the city itself, like "Nawfuck." My dad, for example, will not pronounce it that way; he enunciates very clearly, "Norrrrfolllk." (Hee...)

    September 30, 2008

  • Ok, so it's the same in England and Virginia. It's just another city; I never give it a second thought.

    May 3, 2007

  • English Norfolk rhymes (loosely) with “poor luck”!

    May 3, 2007

  • Oh, lol. I didn't get the joke. I thought that it was *supposed* to rhyme. I guess I should have clarified, is this chant for a soccer team in England?

    May 3, 2007

  • Is that comment tongue-in-cheek, jennarenn? The joke depends on that Virginian pronunciation. Guess it just doesn't cut the mustard written out instead of chanted (in Virginia)!

    May 2, 2007

  • Which is why it's on the No-No List. *shudder*

    May 2, 2007

  • It doesn't rhyme in Virginian. :) Norfolk has more of a short-u sound than a long-o sound.

    May 2, 2007

  • The Norfolk football cheer: "We don't drink and we don't smoke, Norfolk!, Norfolk!"

    February 13, 2007