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South Carolina students try to say Long Island community names

Nesconset native Elena Barilla, a student at University of South Carolina, filmed video of her new classmates trying to pronounce the names of Long Island communities. (Credit: Twitter / Elena Barilla)

A Nesconset native recorded her new friends at the University of South Carolina try –- and spectacularly fail -- to pronounce the names of a few Long Island communities. She posted the video to Twitter Monday and it’s since been shared thousands of times.

After months of being made fun of for her Long Island accent, Elena Barilla, a freshman at the University of South Carolina, decided to get even with her new Southern friends.

She wrote down some Long Island communities, like Copiague, Hauppauge and Nissequogue on notecards and recorded her friends struggling to pronounce them.

“These are names that anyone from Long Island wouldn’t even think twice about, so it was kind of funny to see how difficult it was for them,” Barilla, 18, said.

Since Barilla posted the video to Twitter, it has been retweeted about 2,600 times and has been liked more than 5,100 times.

“This is the best thing I’ve ever seen,” one Twitter user posted.

“Massapequa isn’t even that hard to say,” another person tweeted.

Barilla says she’s received a barrage of tweets from fellow Long Islanders who have had the same experience when meeting people from other parts of the country.

“It’s so relatable,” Barilla said. “It’s so funny that something that’s so familiar to us can be so foreign to somebody else.”


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