WHAT’S THAT NOW?: Ulmarra or Ule-marra? Our guide to getting it right.
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How to speak Valley

TUCK-A-BUYER. We bet you have heard that a few times too many.

For outsiders, the Clarence Valley is full of pronunciation landmines.

Whether they are passing through TIN-DALE or visiting BARRY-YOOGAL, the torture is never ending.

When deputy editor Shannon Newley moved here from WAR-WICK the Clarence was severely flooded.

Being new on the block and at such a busy time, she had difficulty wrapping her tongue around one town in particular.

"Where is this place everyone keeps talking about?" Shannon said.

"Is it Chewbacca?"

Newsreaders have really given you an earful over the years. Any major flood is sure to weed out which newsreaders have not done their research from those who have.

Some places are well known in particular cultures. Angourie (Noisy Ocean), is well known among surfers, but often pronounced ANG-GOO-RY by people who have nothing to do with the sport.

Rocky Mouth was renamed Maclean after surveyor-general Alexander Maclean and is well known for its Scottish heritage.

Anyone without Scottish blood may be more inclined to think of the toothpaste brand.

Being new to the area myself, I have had a lot of fun finding out the worst pronunciation stuff-ups.

Not to mention indulging in a few myself.

Keep up the conversation on our Facebook page and tell us what is the worst you have ever heard.



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