Missouri. Missuruh. Mizurah. Standard pronunciation is hard to come by in the Show-Me State.
But that's nothing compared to cities and towns in Missouri that use faux French, hick or just plain made-up pronunciations.
If you've ever been laughed at by someone for referring to Nevada, Versailles or Spokane, Missouri, using the pronunciations from their homographic sister cities, this list is for you:
It's "Ne-VAY-dah." This is not Las Vegas.
"Ver-SAIL-s." Ain't no castles here, so none of that French L-dropping.
"Hay-Tie." Don't get mixed up with the island nation of Haiti.
"Kim-brew," not Kim-bor-oh.
In Washington State, it's Spo-can. Here in Missouri, it's "Spoe-kane."
"Carney," like someone who works at a carnival.
Many more on the next page!
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