There’s no surer way to mark yourself as an outsider in potato country than by pronouncing it BOY-zee. The locals say BOY-see, thanks very much! They may still let you buy some of their delicious fried potatoes if you use the dreaded Z, but you’ll probably never get a taste of their fry sauce—a combo of mayo and ketchup, with mustard, paprika, and a few tangy extras swished in. Feeling a little hungry now? Check out these food names you’ve been pronouncing wrong.
This charming town is located on the Chesapeake Bay and is home to the largest U.S. Navy base in the world. It’s pretty easy to remember to call it NAW-fock instead of NOR-foke. Just remember the decidedly off-color sports cheer: “We don’t drink! We don’t smoke! Norfolk! Norfolk!” Though if you actually shout that at a sporting event here, the locals might just pack you off to the nearby Appalachian Trail (pronounced Appa-latchan, not Appa-lay-chan, by the way).