Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 11:43:19 -0500 From: Grant Barrett Subject: South East Missouri South East Missouri My father's family hails from southeast Missouri and they have some pronunciations you might find interesting. Please pardon my approximation of the sounds; I don't do this for a living. -- pliers ... /PLOW-erz/ My father uses this pronunciation exclusively. -- St. Louis ... /SANT loo-is/ They pronounce the Saint in St. Charles, St. Genevieve and St. anything the same way. For the record, nobody I know says Saint Looey. -- ornery ... /AHN-ree/ This one is so common among family, friends, etc. that I suspect many of them don't know that it can be pronounced any other way. I do know that /AHN-ree/ has a different nuance than /OR-ner-ee/, the former meaning intentional or curable stubbornness and the latter meaning just plain born that way or stubborn beyond all help. See the next item for a related pronunciation and definition split. -- ignorant /IG-nert/ This pronunciation usually means eccentric or stupid behavior often intended by the perpetrator to raise dander in onlookers; or obstinacy about a point in contention, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. /IG-nor-ant/ is used when the textbook definition of ignorant is intended.