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View Poll Results: How do you pronounce Colorado?
Col-o-rad-o 69 38.55%
Col-o-rod-o 94 52.51%
Neither/Both ways 16 8.94%
Voters: 179. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 11-01-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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Like Mesa Vurdy vs. Mesa Ver-they. I'm thinkin' Wetherill probably used the former.
I've heard lots of the old timers say "Maysah Verd."

 
Old 11-01-2010, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I've heard lots of the old timers say "Maysah Verd."
or El Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio = "the picket wahr".
 
Old 11-02-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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In any case, I don't think the state name pronunciation here is anything like the shibboleth that it is in Nevada. There, politicians can lose elections based on mispronouncing the name.
In certain areas, actual fistfights.......

They even considered having a law to make the pronunciation one way only.....
 
Old 11-03-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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I've heard Col-a-rad-A a lot in these parts. Now try Uncompaghre, Montrose, or Ouray.
seems to me that if you grew up in rural Colorado its pronounced Colorada [they way we did in Limon]

If you grew up in places like Denver its ColoradO

But where I currently reside [for almost 45 years] it's NevADDA, and NevAHda will get you run outta town.

Last edited by Mike from back east; 11-03-2010 at 01:03 PM.. Reason: Merged 2:1
 
Old 11-07-2010, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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I say Col o rod o, not sure of that's right or not. My Dad says Colo o rad do.
 
Old 11-07-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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I vote for: collow-roddy, which is, of course, the Appalachian colloquial past plu-perfect wanderlust tense.
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I say Col o rod o, not sure of that's right or not. My Dad says Colo o rad do.
Evolution?
 
Old 11-07-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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I vote for: collow-roddy

My Dad has said that a few times. lol
 
Old 11-08-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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Ask old timers the "correct" pronunciation of such Spanish place names as Trinidad, Durango, San Luis, Buena Vista, Salida, and of course Pueblo and then see what answer you get.
I've heard rumors that the old timers pronounce Buena Vista as Boona Vista but I find it hard to believe that anybody could butcher the Spanish language to that degree (or to put it another way, if you are going to change pronunciation at least change it to something that sounds good).
 
Old 11-08-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: CO
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I've heard rumors that the old timers pronounce Buena Vista as Boona Vista but I find it hard to believe that anybody could butcher the Spanish language to that degree (or to put it another way, if you are going to change pronunciation at least change it to something that sounds good).
It's not Boona Vista, rather it's Byoona Vista, often called Byoonie for short - and that's the way it's pronounced, not just by old timers.
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