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Missouri

zero derivation; noun
Pronounced with the final 'i' as an 'uh' rather than the traditional long 'e' sound. Used in this manner by Saint Louis residents to describe rural Missouri - i.e. the country, backwards, hillbilly part of state where the state name is indeed often pronounced with the final 'uh' sound.
 
His dad is from Chicago, but his mom is from small tiny Missouri town.
Etymology : Missouri is not of germanic origin. Term comes from an Algonquin word used by the Chiwere native tribes meaning 'people of the big canoes.'
Source : Conversation with Saint Louis residents June 2008.
Last modified: 29 November 2008


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