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Old 11-05-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Correct! I've never heard anyone who was born or raised here say it any different. We're named after the French monarch, King Loo-a XVI.
I hear alot of east enders say it that way
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I think I've posted this in some thread in here but we got a laugh about the pronunciation about 40 years ago. We were on a family trip to Florida and taking the bus tour of Cape Canaveral. During a long driving stretch the bus driver/tour guide started asking who was from each state. When he got to Kentucky we let out a little yell. Then it started! "Please straighten something out for me," the driver said. "How do you say the capital of Kentucky? Is it "Loo a ville" or "Loo E ville"? My brother's friend, along on the trip stood up and said "FRANKFORT!" Everybody on the bus got a good chuckle.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Sticks KY
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what a hoot !
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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good one
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Just remember that in parts of the area, people call that energy cell that powers portable radios, cell phones, etc... bat-ter-eez while other parts typically say bat-trees
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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If you are an asian immigrant and want to convey the place to your friends/family in your native country, you do a lewis-will (a la gobucks style). I presumed that 'i' somehow played an important part in the pronunciation and say 'Louiee-ville' (Dixiegirl). Atleast now i know.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Locals all pronounce it Lou-es-ville. Just like all the people that pronounce the S in Illinois.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:27 PM
 
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If you are an asian immigrant and want to convey the place to your friends/family in your native country, you do a lewis-will (a la gobucks style). I presumed that 'i' somehow played an important part in the pronunciation and say 'Louiee-ville' (Dixiegirl). Atleast now i know.

Nope the "i" for the most part is silent. It is sort of like one of the busiest streets in Owensboro, KY...Frederica. How would you think the locals pronounce that? Bet it's nothing like you assume or presume...lol.
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Nope the "i" for the most part is silent. It is sort of like one of the busiest streets in Owensboro, KY...Frederica. How would you think the locals pronounce that? Bet it's nothing like you assume or presume...lol.
I say Hwy 431
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: SW Indiana
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Nope the "i" for the most part is silent. It is sort of like one of the busiest streets in Owensboro, KY...Frederica. How would you think the locals pronounce that? Bet it's nothing like you assume or presume...lol.

I always heard "Fred-er-ker."
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