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! 8. Pomme de Terre
The Pomme de Terre is a river, not a city, but its pronunciation is still bonkers. It's "puhm duh TAHR," which sounds little like the French word for potato, "POHM de tehr."
This isn't the Middle East. Over here, it's "lebuh-nun."
The real old timers call it "hazel-teen."
It's pronounced with a short "I" like it's spelled, but the locals call it "Nixie."
"Of auze," not Ox-Vahsey. Tip: When pronouncing, pretend you're saying the last two words in the movie title The Wizard of Oz.
It rhymes with pool.
14. Bois D'Arc
A late addition! We forgot about this one. It's "Bo Dark." No S.
It's "Bah-nuh," though the locals call this teeny town "Bah-nee."
16. New Madrid
"New MAH-drid." Thanks to the kind lady at New Madrid City Hall who corrected our "MAYdrid" pronunciation.
It's pronounced Lake Way.
It's clever, like a fox, not cleaver, like for a butcher.
It's "MY-luhn," not the Italian fashion hub. A reader suggests pronouncing it like you're saying "mile and a half," but stop at the "d."
Wrong: "CAN-a-lou." Right: "ca-now-lou."
What did we miss? Any other pronunciations got you confused? It doesn't have to be a city. Don't even get us started on Gravois...