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Old 01-30-2013, 03:35 PM
Location: Covington, KY
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I say Cincinnatuh, Miamuh and often Ohiuh. There's also Clevelun, Daytn (which is correct), Bell-fountun and sometimes for the heck of it, Indiana -polis. I say all of Montgomery (county), Kentucky, Chicago and various towns in Northern Kentucky.

I do not say Nyork, Philly, El-ay (Los Angeles) and other well used terms.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:34 AM
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This debate is as old as Cincinnati itself, literally. There is evidence to suggest that one of Cincinnati's earliest pioneers also debated this point in the 1790s. Cincinnati was named for the Society of Cincinnatus, an association of Revolutionary War officer veterans, and many members of the Society settled in the area, including John Cleves Symmes. Symmes wrote the name of the city as "Cincinnata", and pronounced it accordingly, because his understanding was that in the Latin usage, the name should have a feminine gender. Such was the debate that Symmes even wrote to scholars back east about the usage. It's not hard to imagine that with Symmes being one of the founders of the city, that his influence and pronunciation could have given rise to the more colloquial "Cincinnatah" that we still hear perpetuated around town today. Could it be that "Cincinnata" is indeed correct, and all the rest of us are saying in wrong????
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:35 PM
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I don't know if this has already been said, but the pronunciation of Cincinnati as CincinnatUH comes from CincinnatUs. [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Quinctius_Cincinnatus]Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url]. It was quite common to pronounce the city name that way years ago and some old timers still do.
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Old 11-16-2014, 05:20 PM
Location: New Mexico via Ohio via Indiana
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West Virginians, Appalachians, and SE Ohioans, by Cambridge and Zanesville and Marietta, still say it. But I know of no one under 60 that does it.
Those folks also call cantelopes "muskmelons." Those kind of folks.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by deg1114 View Post
the nasally pronunciation, "Cin-Cin-gnaaat-i"
This is what a lot of people I know call the "only accent we have"....I've always wondered if we just got jealous of the distinction between "lou-ee-ville" and "lool'ville" and felt the need to follow suit
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:50 AM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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That's "LOO-vull."
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:55 PM
Location: West Side of Cincinnati
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I think the old pronunciation is from the Appalachians. My Great Grandpa migrated from Hagerstown to Cincinnati in the early 1900's. My Grandma has all of the old Cincinnati quirks like saying please, "warshington", and Cincinnatuh.
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