Pronunciation of "Missouri"

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How do you pronounce "Missouri"?

1. M(i)-zu-ri
2. M(i)-zu-ra
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3. M(i)-su-ri
4. M(i)-su-ra
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5. Other (please specify)
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Total votes: 5

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Pronunciation of "Missouri"

Postby Audiendus » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:57 am

As a Britisher, I am interested in the many possible variations in the pronunciation of this name. I would like to take a poll of the Americans on this site. Close approximations are sufficient for options 1-4.

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Postby Slava » Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:41 pm

I'm pretty sure #2 is how the natives pronounce it, but I believe the majority outside the state say #1.

Along the same lines, a city in NY, Oswego, is Ah-swee-go to most. It's Swe-ga to the locals.
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Missouri Pronunciation

Postby AnneBerbling » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:18 pm

Missouri native here, and it's definitely the first choice down here in the "Bootheel" ~ (Cotton Country)...I think that goes for the rest of the state as well, with the possible exception of the University of Missouri/Columbia's Tigers bumper sticker, which says "Mizzou-RAH!" :wink:

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Postby Stargzer » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:08 pm

"Mi ZUR ee" to this native Warshintonian (Warshington, DC, pronounced with an "r"), who works outside of the port city of BAWla-mer.

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Postby sluggo » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:32 pm

I've heard both #1 and #2 but have never heard it pronounced with an unvoiced S (3 & 4) anywhere.

A worthy companion poll might be one on the pronunciation of Louisville.
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