Local Life and Lore in Knoxville

Sound like a Knoxville native with these key terms and pronunciations

Locals dispute the pronunciation of Neyland Stadium, one of the largest football stadiums in the country. Julian Wood, Tennessee Journalist

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Don’t believe your eyes -- some Knoxville names don't sound like they look.

Krutch Park: (KROOTCH, not "crutch")
This downtown green spot is named for a local photographer of German heritage who willed his considerable money to the city.

Ijams Nature Center: (EYE-ums)
Named for the family who created the wildlife sanctuary that eventually became Ijams Nature Center, the name is easier than it looks.

Bearden: (BEER-duhn)
West Knoxville neighborhood that you might think sounds like "bear den," but doesn't.

Neyland Stadium: (KNEE-luhnd, not NEIGH-luhnd)
Even locals can't seem to agree on this, but those close to the Neyland family swear it sounds like the joint in your leg, not what a horse says.

Maryville: (MURR-vuhl)
Bedroom community whose local pronunciation is a litmus test. If you say "Merry-ville," you ain't from here.

Blount: (BLUNT)
"Blunt" County is where "Murrvuhl" is

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