19 Hard-To-Spell Words That St. Louisans Know By Heart

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Doug Wertman on Flickr, cropped
Can you spell Anheuser-Busch without looking it up?
Gokul Venkatachalam, a thirteen-year-old boy from Chesterfield, had an impressive showing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, correctly spelling "bamboche," "abaisse" and "eryngo." (It was "Kierkegaardian" that did him in; he won third place.)

In honor of Venkatachalam's achievement, Daily RFT has been pondering hard-to-spell words right here in our own back yard.

When you live in a place long enough, the spellings of the quirky names of streets, politicians, restaurants and towns become second nature. And that's good, because St. Louis is full of quirky, hard-to-spell names.

We've thrown together some of our favorite hard-to-spell St. Louis names as a little local litmus test: Do you know St. Louis well enough to correctly spell all nineteen? If you can, we think Venkatachalam would be proud.

Here's our list, and if you have more, send them to Lindsay.Toler@riverfronttimes.com:

1. Anheuser

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Chris Yunker on Flickr
Want to see if you're a true St. Louisan or not? Try spelling this name without any help.

2. Laumeier

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Micha Usher
St. Louis' beautiful sculpture garden is a little tough on the spelling-challenged.

See also: Laumeier Sculpture Park Named World's 3rd Most Amazing Sculpture Garden

3. Creve Coeur

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OK, French speakers can spell this town as well as St. Louisans can. In English, it means a "bursting" or broken heart.

4. Spoede

It's pronounced "spay-dee." The missing German umlaut over the E makes all the difference.

5. Llywelyn's

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Llywelyn's Pub: Easier to eat than to spell.
There are six St. Louis locations for this beloved pub -- but only one correct spelling.

6. Pruitt-Igoe

St. Louis' notorious failed housing experiment may be gone, but its name lives on to confuse spellers.

7. Jhonny

As in Jhonny Peralta, the Cardinals' new shortstop.

8. Chouteau

You know you want to spell it S-h-o-w-t-o-e, don't you?

9. DeBaliviere

That French ending is tricky, but any good St. Louisan knows there are two I's in DeBaliviere.

10. Vandeventer

It's not Vandaventer or Vandyventer.

Nine more hard-to-spell words on page two. Are you up for it?

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31 comments
Andrew Poleman
Andrew Poleman

Like Brandon said, Umlauts can be substituted by instead placing an E after the vowel. The correct pronunciation should be closer to "zpoo-dee".'

Ellyn Hloben
Ellyn Hloben

Love this list, it's so funny to hear MapQuest or radio announcers mispronounce these words. Especially the traffic announcer on Sirius Radio. They always say fluorescent for Florissant. Cracks me up!

Nicole Shelledy
Nicole Shelledy

After moving to STL, I remembered how to spell Creve Coeur by it being French, and France is part of the EU. Never had a problem again.

PieCatLady
PieCatLady

Y'all, I'm tryin' to think of hard to spell words from my home town.  Oh yeah.  HOTlanta.  (Well, that's what it should be.)  Cute article - and nice pix, too!

Stacy Mariebeck
Stacy Mariebeck

Call me a dork, but I did an online search for former president Bush many years ago and I couldn't find him because I was speaking his name Busch. Yeah, I'm seriously St. Louisiana lol

mocavin
mocavin

you also forgot MALLINCKRODT
  Which is coincidentally my last name :-)

Angie Hill
Angie Hill

So whats the problem?? I am german lived by St. Louis 15 years

Matthew Sinclair Willer
Matthew Sinclair Willer

On a similar note, remember your grammar rules: "I" before "E" except when Budweiser.

Tim Bagwell
Tim Bagwell

Not even close to the challenge of Illinois politicians name's on a primary ballet,

Mary Ongjoco Chapman
Mary Ongjoco Chapman

And Lindbergh (I've come across many out-of-towners who don't put the "h" at the end).

lydia_abby_gail
lydia_abby_gail

The umlaut in Spoede would go over the o and get rid of the e, as in "Spöde". Just saying :)

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Or smell AB in your sleep after passing it so many times.

Louise Lybarger
Louise Lybarger

What about Mallinkrodt (chemical and medical company)?

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