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

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11. Schoemehl

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Schoemehl pots.
Vincent Schoemehl used to be the mayor of St. Louis. Now, his name lives on in the giant concrete structures that stop cars from driving onto your street.

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12. Fyler

If you've never heard this word pronounced, you might think it's "Flyer." It's not.

13. Busch

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It's not Bush Stadium.

14. Schlafly

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There's an extra C adding some power to the first syllable of this local family's name.

15. Schnickelfritz

The German word for a mischievous rascal is now the name of one of St. Louis' favorite new beers. We'll remember how to spell it...until we've had a few.

16. Florissant

It's spelled with one R and two S's. But you probably knew that if you're from St. Louis.

17. Forsyth

It's not like "sythe." There's no E.

18. Tilles

We're always tempted to spell this "Tillis." But that would be wrong.

19. Clydesdale

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You've gotta get this one right if you say you're from St. Louis.
There's an E in the middle!

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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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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