Does it bother anyone else when an outsider refers to Louisville as Lou-a-vul?
A female broadcaster doing a U of L-Cincinnati volleyball game quite proud of herself, going out of her way with an even more condensed version — Lou-vul this, Lou-vul that. The more she did it, the more irritating it became.
She was attempting to ingratiate herself with the U of L viewing audience. Her intentions may have been good but the result was counterproductive, almost offensive as far as the observer was concerned.
But then we noticed Jim Kelch, who broadcasts the Lady Cards’ games, saying it almost the same way at times.
Hello. Anybody home? We’re not talking about some cow town out in the hills of Kentucky.
“Lou-a-vul” is a lazy, slovenly, mindless abuse of the name. We’re all guilty, doing it without thinking. We can get away with it, but outsiders Â should refrain from calling us that. We should refrain for that matter.
One may or may not consider ESPN’s Dick Vitale a blabbermouth but he always gets the name of the city right.
Smooth, clear and concise: