Having been born and raised in Maryland, there are many things that I do that are characteristically “Marylander” things to do – pick a crab, sprinkle Old Bay on everything, laugh at Maryland Crab Cake imitators. I also take for granted the fact that I can confidently pronounce words like Bowie, Pocomoke, and Havre de Grace. It’s no big deal, really.
That’s not how others see it though.
In my many adventures as an office manager, I have spoken to many people who are not from Maryland and get tripped up by the word Patuxent (which looks self-explanatory to me – Pa-tux-ent) or Potomac (another one that explains its own pronunciation). Although others’ mispronunciation is confusing to me, I can accept them and move on easily.
Today, however, the English-speaking phone attendant referred to Ellicott City as “Etiquette City.” I’ve heard this word many different ways but WHAT HAPPENED TO THE L’s?? She also butchered the word Annapolis. I get that this word can be tricky, but it is the state capital. I think it’s important to learn those. Even if you don’t have them memorized, shouldn’t we – as US citizens – be at least familiar with all 50 capitals?
I’m not sure that I can forgive this one. Even this blue crab is saying “whaaaaaaat.”