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Posted By: thnidu
18-May-15 - 12:17 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Local place names - local pronunciation
Subject: RE: Folklore: Local place names - local pronunciation
Someone way upthread wrote «It's not "MISS-ur-ee" but "MISS-ur-ah."» But it's neither of those. It's "miz-OOR-uh" /mɨˈzʊrə/ locally, and often "miz-OOR-ee" /mɨˈzʊri/ elsewhere.

Rapparee, you just barely beat me to it, but I somewhat disagree. AFAIK, Baltimore, Maryland is locally "BALLmer" /ˈbɔlmɚ/ — just two syllables) — in, I think, "MERRilind" /ˈmɛrəlɨnd/. And New York, where I grew up, is "noo YAWK" /nuˈjɔk/ if you're R-less*, but I'm R-ful* (that's what my sister always tells me) and "noo YORK" /nuˈjɔɹk/ is also OK.

* arrhotic, rhotic