Since I know so many NASCAR fans read my blog.
As this weekend is the Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega, sportscasters around the country will do doubt be telling America about the goings-on in “Talladayga.”
It has never, never, never been “Talladayga.” The only people who pronounce it “Talladayga” are the people who have never been to Talladega.
That third vowel in that name has a range of pronunciation from long e as in “keep” to short e as in “pet” to short i as in “trip.” Most often, it is the middle one, so it sounds like “Talladegga,” although “Talladeega” and “Talladigga” are said by locals fairly commonly.
But never, never, never “Talladayga.”
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