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#115255 - 11/04/03 08:13 AM Correct pronunciation of Louisville (KY)
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Off-season (that's not the right term, what is it?) elections are being held in the US today. One of the more important ones is that for governor of Kentucky. Boy howdy, if any of y'all in the US who listen to the news and didn't know how to pronounce LOU-uh-vul before, you sure do now! (Assuming the reporter is pronouncing it right )


n.b. this is NOT a political post


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#115256 - 11/04/03 08:49 AM Re: Correct pronunciation of Louisville (KY)
Jackie Offline

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Well, there you go, Anna! Just what you've been waiting for to fulfill your life, has finally appeared! Oh yes--don't forget to swallow the uh.


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#115257 - 11/04/03 02:30 PM Re: Correct pronunciation of Louisville (KY)
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I used to hang out with this disreputable group, among whose members were included this urbane doctor and his wife. I wrote essays for the group which I read aloud, ending each message with the address and contact info. It drove the doctor and his wife mad that I always used this pronunciation rather than the "correct" one. I'd never realized before that there was any other way to pronounce it, and being the thick sort of fellow I am, it took me some time to realize that there was a reason they wanted to end all messages with a stock reading of the address - presumably by someone else.

I remember one of my favorite guys, Steve Allen, admonishing people (I think it was in his book "dumbth") to pronounce words correct, but saying "Loo EE Vill" doesn't sound "proper" to me - it just sounds ridiculous.

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#115258 - 11/04/03 03:07 PM Re: Correct pronunciation of Louisville (KY)
of troy Offline
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i think the people fo Louisville get to decide how to say the name of their town. just as adults get to decide how to say their name.. so if Demi Moore says her name is Dim ee, then Dim ee it is.. (even if i think its stupid.) and if those people in texas want to call their city Hew stun, they can, but i know in NY its HOW sten Street. i don't think i know better than the good people of Kentucky!

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#115259 - 11/04/03 03:12 PM Re: Correct pronunciation of Louisville (KY)
Faldage Offline
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So, what about St. Louis?


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#115260 - 11/04/03 03:38 PM Re: Correct pronunciation of Louisville (KY)
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>St. Louis.

I allus thunk it was said "Lewis", but I stands willing to be correctified.

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#115261 - 11/04/03 03:41 PM Re: Correct pronunciation of Louisville (KY)
Faldage Offline
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I keep hearing the pronunciation from the song: "Meet Me in St. Louie, Louie…"


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#115262 - 11/04/03 03:59 PM Re: Yeahbut©...
Capfka Offline
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Loc: Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
... the locals choose to call it St Lewis. By the Oftrojan Rule articulated above, that means that's how it's pronounced.


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#115263 - 11/04/03 04:13 PM Oftrojan Rules
Jackie Offline

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Hey, Helen, lookit what you get to do: set rules! I love it! I can see us now, citing the Oftrojan Rule # 62, etc.!


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#115264 - 11/04/03 06:20 PM Re: Yeahbut©...
Faldage Offline
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OK, St. Loois it is.

Incidentally, when Garrison Keillor was in Missouri he asked the audience how the state name was pronounced. They answered, "Missouree!" He then had the governor on and *he pronounced it "Missouruh."


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