Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 23:55:30 -0600
From: "Donald M. Lance" engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: RE St. Lewis
gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]dfjp.com
My father, a Missouri native who spent part of his childhood in the Ozarks and
the other part in St. Louis, claims the city is called /sant LOUH-uss
muh-ZER-uh/ (please pardon my amateur attempts at presenting a pronunciation
guide). The i in Saint is disregarded and the LOUH is kind of like the French
"le" but less, well, French.
My mother, on the other hand, who spent her entire childhood in the St. Louis,
claims the more conventional pronunciation of /saint LOOH-iss mih-ZER-ee/.
Strongest accent in the whole phrase on the ZER.
What vowel does "ZER" have? The vowel of 'pooh' or 'put' or 'purr'? Are
you sure all three of you have the same vowel in this syllable? All three
pronunciations are common in 'Missouri'.
And LOUH has the vowel of 'Luke' and LOOH the vowel of 'look'?