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Thread #23981 Message #1508346
Posted By: Highlandman
23-Jun-05 - 06:13 PM
Thread Name: History: Tom Dooley didn't kill Laura Foster?!?
Subject: RE: Tom Dooley didn't kill Laura Foster?!?
I live about an hour from Lenoir, NC, and I know some Dulas. Their pronunciation is DOO-luh, but it's common in the mountain dialects to transmute final vowels to "ee" (as in the Grand Ol' Opry), hence "Dooley."
And yes, 140 years ago is NOT considered the distant past around here :-)