Okay…. So I Can’t Pronounce Atchafalaya
I admit it. I'm from Alabama, and transplanted to Texas. So, there are many Cajun names native to Louisiana that I can't pronounce, and one of them is Atchafalaya.
I had to read that word in several newscasts this morning, and I think I missed it two out of three times. An astute listener, who says he choked on his coffee when I miss-pronounced it probably from laughter, sent me a link to a site called "Atchafalaya National Heritage Attractions, so I could see and hear the pronunciation for THAT word.
It's a great Louisiana website and reference for all things Louisiana. In fact, the video finally pronounces the word, Atchafalaya several times towards the end.
I learned that it's pronounced, A-CHA-fa-LIE-a. Thanks to Scott Johnson for sending me this link. It really is a pretty cool place to go for fun facts about Louisiana.
I'm discovering that just as Texans think Texas should be its own separate country, Louisianians think the Bayou State is a country all its own. Now, what's that word again?