The gal and I are from the part of the world that pronounces Appalachian like this: Appa-LATCH-uhn
If that doesn’t sound important to you, it’s because you live in a different part of the world. For folks around these parts, it matters.
Rules for the local dialect:
This makes perfect sense because no words in the English language have a “ch” that sounds like “sh”… (except for these fine words which seem to have French origins. And the French have nothing to do with these mountains except for the fact that the range does extend into Quebec which does have connections to France… but that’s not important right now.)
And pay no attention to the fact that both Johnny Cash and Alan Jackson say it Appa-LAY-shun. (not sure what they were thinking)
And no need to grab the dictionary to check me on this. They’re not exactly the authority on this sort of thing. They just add words to the dictionary that people already say, so that doesn’t count. Did I just discount the most widely used word reference material in the universe? Yes, I did.
Now you may have seen this video by novelist Sharyn McCrumb that claims we won’t trust you if you say it wrong. Well, I’ll make you a deal. I may think you sound funny, but you can think I sound funny, too. And I’ll trust you just fine, as long as I can keep saying Nevada and Colorada with a middle syllable that rhymes with “odd” instead of “add”.