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Sun Sep 15, 2013, 08:49 PM

Mississippi Towns Spelled Out Phonetically in their Correct Pronunciations for the Media

A friend of mine started this list and would love any additions.

12. D'IBERVILLE - Dee-eye-burr-ville, NOT whatever your knowledge of English and/or French suggests.
11. TUPELO – “too-puh-low” NOT ”tuh-puh-low” (Come on, Elvis is from here. You should know how to pronounce Tupelo already. Come on. Really).
10. BELZONI – “bell-zone-uh” NOT “bell-zone-ee” (This is the World Famous Catfish Capital of the Whole World, people. It didn’t get built yesterday).
9. IUKA – “eye-you-kuh” NOT, well, just say it like the way I showed you
8. NANIH WAIYA – “na-nuh-wah-yuh” NOT “nanny-way-yuh” (You know an entire Native American people were born in Nanih Waiya. So be sure to practice this one out loud).
7. GAUTIER – “go-shay” NOT “go-tee-ay” (It’s a town. Not a fashion mogul).
6. SHUQUALAK – “shoo-ka-lock” OR “sugar-lock” NOT “shoo-kwuh-lock” (It’s best if you stick with the second pronunciation. Trust me).
5. LOUISVILLE – “lewis-vuhl” NOT “loo-vuhl” (Kentucky got fancy and named their city after a French king, but we’re more homegrown. Ours comes from a state senator named Louis Winston. And now you know).
4. NATCHEZ – “natch-uss” NOT “nat-chezz” (Can you believe that there are even any people around who actually say “nat-chezz”? That’s funny to me).
3. KOSCIUSKO – “kahz-ee-es-ko” NOT any other way you might ever try to say it (Let’s not upset Oprah further).
2. PASS CHRISTIAN – “pass-chris-chee-anne” NOT “pass-chris-chun” (The state has plenty of Christians already).
1. BILOXI – “buh-luh-ksee” NOT “bi-lox-see” (Though by water, there is no lox to be had. As long as this city has been on the map, it still can’t seem to assert itself enough to have its name spoken properly. Put on Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name,” and practice in front of a mirror awhile).

As an example of how not to pronounce several of these towns, I recommend Tom Waits' otherwise awesome song, "Pony", off the album Mule Variations.

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Reply Mississippi Towns Spelled Out Phonetically in their Correct Pronunciations for the Media (Original post)
Recursion Sep 2013 OP
Koko Ware Sep 2013 #1
Ilsa Sep 2013 #2
Recursion Sep 2013 #3
Gman Sep 2013 #4
Recursion Sep 2013 #5
Ilsa Sep 2013 #6
GTurck Sep 2013 #7
Ilsa Sep 2013 #8
GTurck Sep 2013 #9
EarnestPutz Nov 2018 #10
EarnestPutz Nov 2018 #11

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 09:07 PM

1. try this.

 

Ouagadougou.


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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 09:09 PM

2. We have a #3 in Texas, but it's pronounced

Kuh-shoes'-sko or Ko-shoes'-sko, if you're not imbibing.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 09:13 PM

3. That's roughly good Polish

I got some stares in NYC when I pronounced the bridge like the Mississippi town (which, needless to say, is not good Polish).

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 09:18 PM

4. That's a good enough representation of the Polish

and what I don't understand is why the MS town is not pronounced the same. Only thing I can figure is there's not many Polish folks there. There's lots in the TX town as well as all up and down TX 123 there.

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Response to Gman (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 11:08 PM

5. A lot of the Texasdeutsch were Czech and Polish

It's why you can find such good Bratwurst and pig knuckle there.

Not so much in Mississippi

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Response to Recursion (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 16, 2013, 06:34 AM

6. I'm related by marriage to

Czechoslovakians, whose parents were immigrants. Did their best to learn English. Very sharp people.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 16, 2013, 08:57 AM

7. In Chicago...

it is pronounced Kos-I-es-kew. I go with that since it is how I heard Polish speakers say the name. But we also have strange translations. For instance Bourbannais, a French word, is pronounced Bor-ban-is. Cairo at the southern tip of the state is pronounced Kay-row. Every state mashes their own heritage it seems.

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Response to GTurck (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 16, 2013, 10:38 AM

8. It's a Polish settlement in Texas.

A coworker, Czech origins, has last name Darilek. He says it "Darshz'-leck". Our Czech relatives say it should really be renounced "Darshz-REE-leck."

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 17, 2013, 05:49 AM

9. Yeah...

It seems names and pronunciations change over time and territory. It is one of the caveats of doing genealogy. I have found hundreds of minor and not so minor changes over centuries and then other changes when my ancestors immigrated. That is why I respect all of the spellings and pronunciations and try to remember the original way they were.
Thanks for reminding me.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2018, 12:05 AM

10. Friends from Pass Christian, born and raised with....

....Confederate ancestors no less, always pronounced it
"Paskers Jam".

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2018, 12:27 AM

11. They do it all over the country. In Minnesota...

..."Blue Earth" is pronounced locally as "Blurth".

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