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Historic song teaches people how to correctly pronounce Horry County

MAY 17, 2022

Here’s an interesting fact about Horry County... Did you know that, in the 1930s, Loris students were taught a song to learn the correct way to pronounce Horry? During assembly programs, students sang the lyrics below to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.”
There is a great big county
In eastern South Carolina
And those too ignorant to know better
Think that it is Horrie
Oree, Oree, you’re the stuff
It’s Oree, it’s not Horrie
Mind the H and don’t pronounce it
Horry folks dislike it
(P.S. If you are a newcomer and did not know that Horry is pronounced “Oree,” we won’t hold it against you!)
Source: Horry County, South Carolina, 1730-1993, by Catherine Heniford Lewis
Copyright 1998, University of South Carolina