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Wed May 9, 2012, 10:42 AM

It's "Missour-ee," not "Missour-uh." Anyone who says "Missour-uh"

is just lazy. So quit doing it!




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Reply It's "Missour-ee," not "Missour-uh." Anyone who says "Missour-uh" (Original post)
raccoon May 2012 OP
Newsjock May 2012 #1
Scuba May 2012 #3
Newsjock May 2012 #4
Scuba May 2012 #2
all american girl May 2012 #9
nevergiveup May 2012 #5
IphengeniaBlumgarten May 2012 #8
The Genealogist Jul 2012 #23
madmom May 2012 #6
tularetom May 2012 #7
hlthe2b May 2012 #10
raccoon May 2012 #12
hlthe2b May 2012 #13
lastlib May 2012 #15
hlthe2b May 2012 #16
lastlib May 2012 #17
hlthe2b May 2012 #18
RC May 2012 #21
HereSince1628 May 2012 #11
kestrel91316 May 2012 #14
Mad-in-Mo May 2012 #19
raccoon May 2012 #20
Gore1FL May 2012 #22
xmas74 Jul 2012 #24

Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:44 AM

1. Is the capital of Kentucky pronounced ...

"LOU-ee-ville" or "LOU-ah-ville"?

#playingthestraightmanhere

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Response to Newsjock (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:44 AM

3. Frankfort.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:46 AM

4. Yay

Thank you, I'm here all week.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:44 AM

2. When I was there, it was misery.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:09 AM

9. After I got a speeding ticket for a cop how looked like he belonged in

Smokey and the Bandit movie, that has been the name for me...that same trip, I saw Bambi on top of a car...All I thought was if you can't borrow a pick up truck, maybe you shouldn't go hunting. A very strange state...And I'm from Iowa, so I know strange

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:48 AM

5. I was born in Hannibal "Missour-uh"

This is the way it was pronounced in those parts at the time and the way I have always pronounced it. Personally I think those who pronounce it "Missour-ee" are hiding something.

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Response to nevergiveup (Reply #5)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:56 AM

8. And I was born in Columbia, Missouri-uh

I believe that the oldest settled areas, long the rivers, especially descendants of early settlers there, tend to use Missour-uh. Nouveau (since say 1900) Missourians are more likely to use Missour-ee.

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Response to nevergiveup (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 10:00 PM

23. Born in Springfield, Missour-uh!

Which is about 100 miles from Miam-uh, Oklahoma.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:50 AM

6. same thing with ohi-O and ohi-UH. Around here they say you can

tell if a person is from ohi-O by the way they say it.

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Response to madmom (Reply #6)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:55 AM

7. My old boss was form Ohio

and he always pronounced it "Uh-hi-uh".

And he'd get pissed off at us when we asked him if that was anywhere near Ohio.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:13 AM

10. My parents were MO natives... Depends on which side of the state...

As I recall those on the western side of the state (KC and elsewhere) say "Missour-ee" and those on the eastern, especially St. Louis and elsewhere say "Missour-uh"...

So, I grew up with this. Even though "Missour-uh" always grated on my own ear, I realized early on that it isn't just lazy it is a regionalism. Don't be so intolerant.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #10)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:51 AM

12. Did you not see my emoticon? nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #12)

Wed May 9, 2012, 12:44 PM

13. Yes, but I guess I missed your intended meaning...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #10)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:50 PM

15. I thought it was the other way around.....

...As a 50+ yr. native, I've always tried to pronounce it "Mis-sou-rih" (short 'i'). There's no good reason to pronounce the 'i' as a long 'e', and it sure as heck ain't a 'uh'--that's just lazy. There is no clear evidence of how the Native Americans from whom the name is taken would have pronounced it, so I go with the short 'i', and that way I avoid the other two boo-boos.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #15)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:21 PM

16. re: "Thought what was the other way around?" I'm afraid I don't follow your post at all.

However the geographic differences in pronunciation are correct to region.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #16)

Wed May 9, 2012, 07:48 PM

17. Folks in StLouis said "Missouree"; in KC it was "Missouruh"

I'm on the KC side, and that's what I hear.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #17)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:05 PM

18. Maybe it is intermixed now then... Going back to great grandparents the area north of KC was all

Missour-ee, as it was with family/friends and acquaintances in KC to St. Joe and to the Kansas border. On my mother's side, relatives from Columiba and St. Louis were all Missour-uh...

There are a couple of articles that state that as well if you do a google on pronunciation of Missouri. My guess is there has just been enough missing to make it less clear.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #17)

Wed May 16, 2012, 03:19 PM

21. I live in KCMO now and I hear "Missouree".

 

I grew up in central Kansas and it was "Missouree". I spent 45 years in North Dakota and it is "Missouree" there also.

I only hear "Missouruh" by people that talk kinda funny anyway.


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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 11:18 AM

11. I'd bet you think there is an "L" in Mawakee, Wizconsson, too.

znt az f th'shrt ctz usd n txtn rn't t'same thn' we do tspokn lanwag.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:11 PM

14. My mom's granddad was from MO and he (and she) always pronounced it Missour-uh.

He was born in the 1880s so maybe it's different now.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon May 14, 2012, 02:28 PM

19. I live in Missour-ah.

Sorry if you think it is lazy. How do you pronounce Arkansas?

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Response to Mad-in-Mo (Reply #19)

Mon May 14, 2012, 03:13 PM

20. ARK-an- saw.


Looks like "Missouruh" is the norm, by the way the postings are going here.

I dare not be so bold as to suggest changing the name of the state, for instance, "East Kansas."

Like the expression "I could care less " and the spelling "loose" (as in, to loose one's mind),
Missouruh is becoming the norm....



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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:06 PM

22. Missour-ee is how the Indian phrase that it came from was pronounced.

I agree with you.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 04:47 PM

24. I remember reading an article years ago.

It used I 70 and 435 are major divides in the Missour-e/Missour-uh debate.

I've tried to find that article over the past few years but to no avail. If I ever find it I'll post it here. It was great how not only was there a divide throughout the state but an additional divide in the KC area.

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