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Old 07-21-2008, 08:54 AM
 
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Default Bayou Pronunciation - Long O or oo?

I grew up in Houston in the 70's and pronounce bayou with a long o. (like Yo-Yo). I moved away and came back to notice people saying bayoo like boot. What is the the correct Houston pronunciation?
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:56 AM
 
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This native Texan (34 years) says "bye-oh". "Bye-you" is typically something I hear from non-natives, and folks in Louisiana.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:20 AM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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try "sew-wage" or "ca-nal"
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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try "sew-wage" or "ca-nal"
There you go talking about New Jersey again.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:58 AM
 
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'By-you' here. Native Texan, rarely ever heard it pronounced any other way.

In Tennessee it can sound more like "bye."
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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'By-you' here. Native Texan, rarely ever heard it pronounced any other way.

In Tennessee it can sound more like "bye."
I think that it's closer to "buy" than "bye" or "by" but I'm probably splitting hairs.

My family always said "Buy-Oh." I've overheard some of the kids calling in the "Riv-Ur," but I'm not sure that really works.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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In the Bye-you. Some of those riv-urs are Uge!
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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In the Bye-you. Some of those riv-urs are Uge!
I think it's actually closer to "Ewedge" or "Youge" than "Uge" but I may be splitting hairs.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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By-you... it's the southern way. Anything else is just not right.
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker;)
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By-you... it's the southern way. Anything else is just not right.
Yep. I've never heard it pronounced with a long "o". That just doesn't sound right.
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