English Pronunciation Guide to the Names of People, Places, and Stuff
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central state in the United States of America

Name: Missouri
Phonetic Pronunciation: mih-ZUR-ee
Audio Pronunciation: (link)

Tags: u.s. states   missouri   disputed pronunciation  

Notes: All authorities consulted prefer the pronunciation mih-ZUR-ee.

An alternate pronounciation preferred by some Missourians is mih-ZUR-uh.

In The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations (Elster), Charles Elster discusses in detail the ongoing debate about the correct pronunciation of the last syllable Missouri. Is it -ee or -uh? In June 1976 and again in 1989 the Midwest Motorist magazine conducted a poll of Missourians from all over the state for their preferred pronunciation of their state.

In 1976, 60 percent of Missourians chose -ee as preferred.

In 1989, 66 percent of Missourians chose -ee as preferred.

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