Pardon My French
When Marquis de Lafayette visited Kentucky in 1824-25 (see mural depiction downtown), Kentuckians were so enamored of the guy that they began giving French names to everything they could think of. And we've been butchering the pronunciation of the names ever since : )
For example, Lexington resides in Fayette County, named for Lafayette. No one knows what happened to the "La" and it ended up being pronounced "FAY-et" county, though Lafayette is properly pronounced "La-FEET"! Ha! Ah well, I guess our Lexington friends would rather live in Fayette County than Feet County. Then you've got Versailles, Kentucky, pronounced "ver-sales" around here instead of the proper "ver-sai". Louisville is neither the Anglicanized "Louis-ville" nor the more French "Lou-ie-ville," but simply the Kentucky fried "Lou-vull". Mon Dieu!