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Short discourse on "Hollow," and "Holler." Both can be properly used here

By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Concerning the many recent commentaries about the phrase "I don't care to do that", I would like to address what many "from off" consider to be a local genetic disposition toward mispronouncing the word, hollow.

Many "from off" upon arrival on our blessed (two syllables) terra firma are surely either sooner or later treated to directions that reference, holler. Herein lays the catalyst that is fueling this conundrum of misunderstanding about our supposed (three syllables) mispronunciation of hollow.

Holler and hollow are variants of the other. Which is the norm and which is the variant is totally dependant upon whether one is "born here" or one is "from off".

We "born here" locals in the Great Wooded South follow the rules of grammar more often than not when those rules are clear and unambiguous. Case in point would be that although holler is the norm for us, clearly someone "from off" named Dale Hollow Lake and in all my years as a resident reading, riting, and rithmetic researcher I have yet to ever hear Dale Holler roll off the tongue of a "born here" local. -Billy Joe Fudge

This story was posted on 2011-03-30 14:50:12
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