Newcomers, name is Maryville, not ‘Murvul’
I hope Doc Severinson does not take Steve Wildsmith’s advice about the pronunciation of Maryville. It is derogatory, insulting and ridiculing of local residents.
I am an 80-year-old woman. Except for three years in the early 1950s, I have lived in Blount County and Maryville all my life — attending West Side School and graduating Maryville High School.
I know and have known thousands of people in this area over the years and had never heard Maryville pronounced “Murvul” until we had an influx of northerners who moved into this area and started ridiculing and making fun of our local residents and their accents. Of course, to us, their accents sounded ridiculous. (I still think “you all” sounds better than “youse guys”)
From what I have seen of Doc Severinson over the years, I feel that he is too much of a gentleman to contribute to the ridicule of the local residents. About Steve Wildsmith, I can’t say, although I do enjoy most of his articles.
I am proud of “Maryville” and the great hardworking, generous people who live here. According to Mr. Severinson, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Welcome to Maryville, Mr. Severinson, Not “Murvul” and to any one in this area, if you are unable to pronounce “Maryville” move somewhere else.
Betty P. Johnson
3327 Patty Road
Maryville, TN 37803