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Old 03-27-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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And lest we forget, it's GRAV-oy. I got dinged for that my first week here when I said grav-WAH. Those crazy St. Louisans
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Webster Groves, MO
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And lest we forget, it's GRAV-oy. I got dinged for that my first week here when I said grav-WAH. Those crazy St. Louisans
These are my two favorites:

Lemay is Lee-May, not La-May. Every non St. Louisan that I've spelled that for has pronounced it La-May.

Bellefontaine Neighbors is pronounced Bell-Fountain Neighbors.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Webster Groves, MO
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And I almost forget Ritenour is pronounced Rit-ner not Rit-en-our. A bit of back story to this though: I am a teacher and in getting information at a job fair about the Ritenour School District I was given a DVD to watch about the district. Interestingly there is a very old photo in the DVD of a school, presumably from the early days of the district, and the name of the school is Ritnor. So I wonder if it is pronounced that way because it use to be spelled that way?
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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And lest we forget, it's GRAV-oy. I got dinged for that my first week here when I said grav-WAH. Those crazy St. Louisans
Yeah, you don't really want to know how badly I butchered that one.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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These are my two favorites:

Lemay is Lee-May, not La-May. Every non St. Louisan that I've spelled that for has pronounced it La-May.

Bellefontaine Neighbors is pronounced Bell-Fountain Neighbors.
Good ones. This is out of the area a bit, but continuing with the French theme, Courtois Creek, a tributary of the Meremac river, is a popular float stream for many St. Louisans.

It is pronounced "Ko De Way". I always heard about Ko De Way but could never find it on the map.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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Original poster, any of your choices are fine. The schools will be your question moving forward. To everyone else, I've always considered Webster a part of West St. Louis County. It's Southwest. St. Louis has inner rung suburbs and outer rung suburbs that are usually defined by West or East of 270. I've never thought of West of 270 as West St. Louis County alone. Webster is in the County, and it is partly West.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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Fairly simple to me; Webster and Kirkwood are both great and have great schools. They are both suburban cities that for the most part do not have cul-de-sac developments. They are more like small towns in that they are not full of them, and they both have downtowns. Clayton is like a city, is very urban, but has the positive of having a great school district. I live in Kirkwood, and couldn't tell you about its "progressiveness" as I have not yet discussed abortion or gay marriage with my neighbors yet.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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BTw, if you look up "Bellefontaine", "bell fountain" is the actual pronunciation. Not bell-uh-fon-tayne. Not a St Louis thing on that one.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Webster Groves, MO
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BTw, if you look up "Bellefontaine", "bell fountain" is the actual pronunciation. Not bell-uh-fon-tayne. Not a St Louis thing on that one.
Yeah I did see that. There is also a Bellefontaine in Ohio I think.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: IL
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It would seem my question regarding the "progressive" nature of various suburbs has struck a bit of a nerve. By progressive I don't just mean left-leaning, but tolerant of all opinons. Where I live now one knows the political proclivity of neighbors because people are very much in one's face about it, and not at all accepting of others opinions. I'll give an example; after the last presidential election a neighbor had a big shrine in his yard with a picture of McCain and a map of the US shrouded in black cloth, and surrounded by vultures. This thing was huge, and he had it there for weeks.

I don't care what other's political inclinations are, but would prefer people to be respectful of difference. That's all I meant.
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