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Nevada Bush Pronunciation 2003

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#21 TravelerOfTheWays

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Posted 28 November 2003 - 03:59 PM

We have a town here in Iowa spelled Nevada, pronounced ne-VAY-da.  We also have a Madrid with the accent on the first syllable.  But that's nothing compared to Missouri's mangling of city names; their pronunciation of their city called "Versailles" makes me cry on the inside.
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Posted 28 November 2003 - 04:30 PM

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Posted 30 November 2003 - 03:09 PM

We have a New MA-dride faultine running...well...pretty much through my town...they say one day all hell's gonna break loose here.

For the record: Arkansas is pronounced AR-kan-saw, not Ar-KAN-sas.  There's actually a law on the books detailing that.  Every state's got their little idiosyncrasies, I guess.
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Posted 30 November 2003 - 07:27 PM

TrancesHuggyPillow, on Nov 30 2003, 02:09 PM, said:

We have a New MA-dride faultine running...well...pretty much through my town...they say one day all hell's gonna break loose here.

For the record: Arkansas is pronounced AR-kan-saw, not Ar-KAN-sas.  There's actually a law on the books detailing that.  Every state's got their little idiosyncrasies, I guess.
What law?  :ninja: If it's a law in Arkansas (the state) then that's the states problem  :p  ;)

The river IS called Ar-Kansas, while it runs through Kansas, and Arkansas City, Kansas, is pronouced Ar-Kansas, as well  :devil:.

Anyway, the real problem I saw with the original post was that of all the words to point out that Bush may be mispronouncing, this probably isn't the one I'd have chosen to comment on (because having a accent isn't a crime).  Now if Bush decides to call Arkansas (the state) Ar-Kansas, then that would be another ball of wax  :angel:  :lol:.


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Posted 30 November 2003 - 10:18 PM

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I think Missouri has more towns sharing names with other places than any other state

You know, that's exactly the thought that crosses my mind every time I venture outside Columbia.  I go...Ooh, Cairo and Milan and Lebanon... or whatever town name I happen to see.

Funny you should mention Poplar Bluffs--I think I'm one of exactly half a dozen people born outside Missouri (well, not counting maybe Arkansas) who knows that town exists--I have several friends who come from that area, Poplar Bluffs and some other little towns whose names I can't remember.  

And I'm definitely rooting for a Vichy in Missouri :devil:  Just the thought of a seeing a sign... Next Exit, Vichy and hearing it pronounced Vitchy makes me giggle. :lol:

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 01:56 AM

MegL, on Nov 30 2003, 06:27 PM, said:

What law?  :ninja: If it's a law in Arkansas (the state) then that's the states problem  :p  ;)

The river IS called Ar-Kansas, while it runs through Kansas, and Arkansas City, Kansas, is pronouced Ar-Kansas, as well  :devil:.
They don't count. :lol:

No kidding, there's a law on the books dating back to the 1850s when there were problems between the two states.  Hence, we have an official pronunciation of our state's name.

In Arkansas, we have: El Dorado, Hamburg, Melbourne, Nashville, Washington, England, Scotland, Austin,  & Moscow.

Edited by TrancesHuggyPillow, 01 December 2003 - 02:00 AM.

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 03:58 AM

In Massachusetts, a state that wouldn't even make an indecent thong for my birth state of Georgia, we have Berkeley, Berlin, Cambridge, Dover, Florida, Halifax, Hannover, Holland, Kingston, Monterey, Orleans, Oxford,  Peru, Wales, and Washington.

In fact,  what citizen of the Empire wouldn't recognize
Abington, Acton, Alford, Amesbury, Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ashfield, Ashland, Athol, Attleboro, Auburn, Avon, Ayer, Barnstable, Barre, Becket, Bedford, Bellingham, Belmont, Beverly, Billerica, Blackstone, Blandford, Bolton, Boston, Bourne, Boxborough, Boxford, Boylston, Braintree, Brewster, Bridgewater, Brockton, Brookfield, Brookline, Buckland, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Carlisle,  Chatham, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Cheshire, Chester, Chesterfield, Chilmark, Clinton, Concord, Conway, Cummington, Dalton, Danvers, Dartmouth, Dedham, Deerfield, Dennis, Dighton, Dover, Dracut, Dudley, Dunstable, Duxbury, Eastham, Easthampton, Easton, Essex, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Falmouth, Fitchburg, Foxborough, Framingham, Gardner, Georgetown, Gill, Gloucester, Grafton, Granby, Granville, Greenfield, Groton, Hadley, Hardwick, Harvard, Harwich, Haverhill, Heath, Hingham, Hinsdale, Holbrook, Holden, Holliston, Holyoke, Hopedale, Hull, Huntington, Ipswich,  Lancaster, Lanesborough, Lawrence, Lee, Leicester, Lenox, Leominster, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Longmeadow, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Mansfield, Marblehead, Marlborough, Marshfield, Maynard, Medfield, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Mendon, Methuen, Middleborough, Middlefield, Middleton, Milford, Millbury, Millis, Millville,  Montgomery, Needham, Newbury, Newton, Norfolk, Northampton, Northborough, Northbridge, Northfield, Norton, Norwell, Norwood, Oakham, Peabody, Pelham, Pembroke, Pepperell, Petersham, Plymouth, Plympton, Randolph, Raynham, Reading, Richmond, Rochester, Rockland, Rockport, Rowe, Rowley, Royalston, Russell, Rutland, Salem, Salisbury, Sandwich, Saugus, Savoy, Sheffield, Shelburne, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Somerset, Somerville, Southampton, Southborough, Southbridge, Southwick, Spencer, Springfield, Sterling, Stockbridge, Stoneham, Stoughton, Stow, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sunderland, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Templeton, Tewksbury, Tisbury, Tolland, Topsfield, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Tyringham, Upton, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Ware, Wareham, Warren, Warwick, Watertown, Wayland, Webster, Wellesley, Wellfleet, Wendell, Wenham, Westborough, Westfield, Westford, Westhampton, Westminster, Weston, Westport, Westwood, Weymouth, Whately, Whitman, Wilmington, Winchendon, Winchester, Windsor, Winthrop, Woburn, Worcester, Worthington, Wrentham and Yarmouth

and, trust me, that's not even a complete list!

Worse, we pronounce them all wrong. Billerica is "Bill Rica". Gloucester is 'Gloster", Worcester is "wooster" (but at least Dorchester is "dorchester", not "dooster") and  Wellesley is Wells-lee (which is simply wrong, no matter what the Brits say)

Oh yeah, they call us "New England" for a reason. 'Taint one of us with a lick o' imagination.

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 08:49 AM

Here in Texas we are a little more inclinded to the unusual...

Austonio; Ben Hur;  Bigfoot;  Cash;  Chocolate Bayou;  Corsicana;  Cross Out;   Cut-N-Shoot;  Denton;  Desert;  Dime Box;  Ding Dong;  Elysian Fields;  Fink;  Floydada;  Early;   Earth;  Goodnight; Grice;  Gun Barrel;  Gun Sight;  Happy;  High;  Latexo; Lazbuddie  Loco;  Lollipop;  Love Lady;  NoTrees;  Pleak; Point Blank;  Possum Kingdom;  Rising Star;  Run-and-Shoot;  Success;  Taco;  Temple;  Tundra;   Uncertain; Utopia; Wamba;  Wink;  Zorn  (and these are just a few )

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 03:09 PM

TrancesHuggyPillow, on Nov 30 2003, 01:09 PM, said:

We have a New MA-dride faultine running...well...pretty much through my town...they say one day all hell's gonna break loose here.

For the record: Arkansas is pronounced AR-kan-saw, not Ar-KAN-sas.  There's actually a law on the books detailing that.  Every state's got their little idiosyncrasies, I guess.


Very true. In Oregon it's Orygun not Oregone. They even have shirts with it spelled how to pronounce it. Go figure. People here will definately correct you.  ;)

Silly humans.

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 03:49 PM

Pronouncing town names like Kaukauna, Kekoskee, Keshena, Kewaskum, Kewaunee, Koshkonong, Chequamegon, Nebagemon, Namekagon, Nepeuskun, Oconomowoc, Wandawega, Waubeek, Waubeka, Waubeesee, Waucousta, Waukau, Waukechon, Waukesha, Waumandee, Waupaca, Waupun, Wausau, Wausaukee, Wautoma, Wauwatosa, Wauzeka, Waunakee, Waupaca, and Weyauwega comes naturally to me. :cool:

We also have a lot of Frenchy place names. It's fun listening to the tourists trying to pronounce Lac Courte Oreilles or Lac Vieux Desert. :cool:
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Posted 01 December 2003 - 04:54 PM

I love the Native American names out here:

Willamette
Chemeketa
Ochocco


Are just a few. When my bother-in-law's cousins from Italy  (he is adopted) came here, we had fun listening to him try and read the map names. He laughed as hard as we did when he heard the correct way.

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 06:06 PM

Props to Orpheus for his amazing list! :cool:  :cool:

And props to Shalamar as well! :cool: Wouldn't it be cool to get a letter from Gun Sight, Texas? :wideeyed:

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 08:13 PM

"Spokane" can be fun, but it's just one name.  Fortunately there are lots of other ones out there... ;)
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Posted 02 December 2003 - 08:00 PM

People from Missouri pronounce it as Missoura.

Mississippi - Missippi
New Orleans - Nawlins

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Posted 02 December 2003 - 08:34 PM

Smitty, on Dec 2 2003, 07:00 PM, said:

People from Missouri pronounce it as Missoura.
That mispronunciation is only perpetrated by a tiny handful of hicks that the vast majority, who don't mutilate the word like that, either find very irritating and embarassing or just love to make fun of.



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