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You're Saying It Wrong: 20 Missouri Cities No One Knows How to Pronounce

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Can you pronounce this?
Missouri. Missuruh. Mizurah. Standard pronunciation is hard to come by in the Show-Me State.

But that's nothing compared to cities and towns in Missouri that use faux French, hick or just plain made-up pronunciations.

If you've ever been laughed at by someone for referring to Nevada, Versailles or Spokane, Missouri, using the pronunciations from their homographic sister cities, this list is for you:

1. Nevada

It's "Ne-VAY-dah." This is not Las Vegas.

2. Versailles

"Ver-SAIL-s." Ain't no castles here, so none of that French L-dropping.

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3. Hayti

"Hay-Tie." Don't get mixed up with the island nation of Haiti.

4. Kimbrough

"Kim-brew," not Kim-bor-oh.

5. Bolivar

"Ball-i-ver."

6. Spokane

In Washington State, it's Spo-can. Here in Missouri, it's "Spoe-kane."

7. Kearney

"Carney," like someone who works at a carnival.

Many more on the next page!


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322 comments
akmeeks
akmeeks

I will forever be angry about Lindell. Lynn-dull? Are you serious? No.

Jason Brock
Jason Brock

Well them locals can eat shit, if it's a stupid pronunciation then it's fn stupid.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Kansas ... ArKansas

If 'murrikans weren't such thieves, stealing much of their language from Germany, France, Spain and the natives they slaughtered to steal their lands perhaps they wouldn't sound like such retards when speaking those stolen words.

Kelly O'Connor
Kelly O'Connor

After reading what you "say" we say, I'm sad that we sound so hoosier in Missouri! lol I would never have thought to pronounce a few of these they way you "say" we do. I don't think I'll change the way I pronounce them to the versions you prescribe, and I'm from here. :) Interesting read though. :)

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

I'd like to see this guide. You guys need to do this. Seriously.

aerotica69
aerotica69

Creve Coeur is apparently pronounced Cree-vee Coe-ur.  And then there was the new-to-St Louis anchor during the flood of 93, who called Portage des Sioux......port-AHJ dez Sooks.

Danielle Aziz
Danielle Aziz

Lucus Hunt- everybody says Lucus and Hunt...wrong!

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Let's write a book called "Navigating STL" ....give people a little tutorial , some tid bits of history...and let them know that this is a very old city that is really set in it's right and wrong ways. We are not looking to change anytime soon.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Also give them a map of the neighborhoods....people here know neighborhoods and High Schools as directional information.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Spoede - The one that bothers me the most is when people say ...SpOde road with a long O. Bothers me a lot and I don't know why. Why can't they understand that it is SpAdE road? Grrrrrrr

David Anthony Tolcou
David Anthony Tolcou

Also (sorry for bringing in another paper) it's the st.louis postdispatch not the saint Louis post.....dispatch

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I love the way we pronounce everything wrong. It lets me know who is REALLY from STL and who is not. It is a safety issue really. My favorite is when an out-of-town radio announcer gets hired to do traffic reports....in my mind I picture cars running into each other and giant traffic jams because of their mispronunciations. I am from Jefferson County and we pronounce the word Joachim as Joe-ak-em, not Wah-keem as the Spanish pronunciation would dictate. I had a friend visit here from New York and was explaining the different pronunciation to him. He looked at me and said, "No...they don't really say it that way do they?...For real?...." I just chuckled and said...."Welcome to St. Louis!"

Jonathan Truesdale
Jonathan Truesdale

I bet every street name that isn't typical English is mispronounced. Gravois. I mean almost everyone can't say zebra right

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Folks, these things are called dialect. Do we claim Bostonians mispronounce words because of their accent or habit of adding and dropping R's to words? How many syllables does caramel have? Two or three? Depends where you ask the question.

James Madison
James Madison

As well as you should. You were not in France.

James Madison
James Madison

because North Florissant turns slightly west becoming West Florissant and remains so even when West Florissant turns back north. Now, as far as New Florissant being west of West Florissant, well Old Florissant was the district of old houses, so the new New Florissant was given that name as being better than calling it West of West Florissant Ave. Hopefully, that clears things up for you.

James Madison
James Madison

Last time I traveled to Florissant, I did not need a passport. Twas in America. the French can pronounce their flowering their way, and we can pronounce our town's name our way. Both can be happy.

Kevin E. Cook
Kevin E. Cook

Heege, Hummelsheim, heck about any street in "Rat City."

Ken Ray
Ken Ray

It definitely separates the locals from the tourist, if you know how to pronounce Auxvasse. Very close to my childhood home.

Adam C. Leigh
Adam C. Leigh

How about Versailles MO, or Cairo MO ?? Or even better how about Missouri

Al Brogdon
Al Brogdon

In Kentucky, the town names are easy to pronounce ... Bugtussle, for example.

Adam Robinson
Adam Robinson

I always say Choteau differently than St. Louisans. However, I was speaking to a historical guide/park ranger and they say St. Louisans actually pronounce it wrong.

Greg Cupp
Greg Cupp

Quickest way I can spot a non-native. Florissant is Floorsent.

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@FreeTheWeed 

LOL. Self-loathing American much? Tell us, does getting upset over something you have absolutely no control over whatsoever actually do you any good?

Or do you just like sounding smug?

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

you forgot to mention that you are a redneck hillbilly retard

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

fuck you redneck teabilly

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JamesMadison ... if there are no RULES for language, then you might as well regress back to primal grunting -- ugga bugga, bugga ugga bugga!


JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay,the spoken language has evolved since the beginning. Dialects are a form of evolution in the language. Go visit the bayous of Louisiana, and it is not English nor French, but they share many of the words from both, although you might not recognize many of them. Dialects and accents. Get over it!

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