Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 23:55:30 -0600 From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: RE>St. Lewis >Grant Barrett >gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] wrote: >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'?