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Old 11-02-2009, 08:04 PM
 
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We were watching a rerun on PBS and we heard the host pronounce Louisville-Lou-A-Ville.Then,we heard some people on the show pronounce it the way I've heard it........Lou-E-Ville.
What's the correct way?Is is one of these or none of these?
Thanks.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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I say Lou-a-vull. There are MANY ways that you can use.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Usually people who live here say Luh-vul or Loo-a-vul. People who aren't from around here usually say Loo-e-ville. It just depends because some people who live here say Loo-e-ville, and some out-of-towners say Luh-vul or Loo-a-vul. Just depends. I say Luh-vul and when I say it to someone when I am in a different state or something, I usually have to eventually say Loo-e-ville for them to understand where I'm from lol.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:59 PM
 
Location: SW Indiana
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A couple of generations ago, you could tell what part of town someone grew up in from the way they pronounced it. I knew a priest who said he could tell whether a boy was from Bishop David, St. X or Trinity (the three boys Catholic High Schools in those days) from the way he said the name of the city.

I lived in the West End until I was a teenager, when we moved to the country, so I say "Luh-vul." Actually, the first syllable is sort of stretched out, making it "Luuh-vul."

Louisvillians have fun with it. There's a popular saying which appears on posters and banners all over town.

Louisville
"Loo-a-vul"
"Luh-vul"
"Louie-ville"
"Lewis-ville"
"Lou-a-ville"
"Looey-ville"
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I heard if you pronounce it Lewis-ville you should leave the city and never return haha
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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Usually people who live here say Luh-vul or Loo-a-vul.
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.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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Default wow

Thanks to all who posted thus far.Being from the New York area,pronounciations range all over the place,as you can well imagine.
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Bryson City NC
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I heard if you pronounce it Lewis-ville you should leave the city and never return haha

LOL!!! That's how I've heard out of towners say it ! I say Luuh-vul .
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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I heard if you pronounce it Lewis-ville you should leave the city and never return haha
lol-cute.hmmm I wonder what other cities are mis-pronounced?
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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I can always tell when someone is not from the area by the way they pronounce it. Nobody from Louisville says Louiee-ville that I have ever heard. Even most of those from as far south in Kentucky as Bowling Green say Luuh-val with the accent on the first syllable.
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