Well, the Appalachian Irishman is trying to get this site up and running. Hundreds will soon rush to this site--for obvious reasons--so let's start off with a little education on the basics of how to pronounce "Appalachian."
All you foreigners (i.e., Yankee transplants; see below on "Yankee") and New Age mush-minded liberals need to understand how to pronounce "Appalachian." The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (M-W) states that the word may be pronounced two ways: "a-p&-'lA-ch(E-)&n, -'la-, -sh(E-)&n."
Now, for you government-school educated "scholars" who were not taught phonetics, the citation makes no sense. So, let's go back to Romper Room. First option: pronounce the "ch" in "Appalachian" as it sounds in "church." Second option: Pronounce the "ch" as a "sh" as is sounds in "shoe." Got that?
Well, even though the dictionary gives you two options, let me tell you right now that you can just pitch out the second option with last night's left over quiche! "Appalachian" is pronounced with a strong "ch"--as anyone from here will tell you! Got that? Good! You can always spot an Appalachian chameleon by the way he mispronounces the word.
By the way, M-W defines “Appalachian” as "a white native or resident of the Appalachian mountain area." Now, far be it for me to disagree with the mighty M-W, but that definition belies a clear Yankee liberal, politically correct bias toward God-fearing conservatives from around here! The word actually refers to any person who lives or used to live in Appalachia and who abides by true southern, Christian conservatism! What is this "white native" fluff, M-W? What happened to the content of character over the color of skin? To a true Appalachian, skin color doesn't matter. Of course, our necks may be a little red from getting out and actually working for a living, but you can be red, yellow, black, brown, or white and still be an Appalachian! Understand?
Oh, regarding "Yankee," there is a difference between a northerner who simply moves into Appalachia and a Yankee! A northerner may have been born somewhere else, but he is proud of Appalachian values, heritage, and culture and tries to fit in, without trying to change us. A Yankee, on the other hand, is a haughty, arrogant, blankety blank who thinks that he knows it all and comes down here to educate us "poor, dumb folks." A Yankee tries to force his politically correct "tolerance" on us (a contradiction in itself), and we just laugh at him behind his back--or do worse if he gets too uppity! Now, do you understand the difference? Good!
Well, that's the lesson for today. Live it and love it! That is all!