Hard to believe, but St. Louis has its share of odd pronunciations and mysterious terms. Here's a decoder to clear up some confusion.
That's our un-French-like mispronunciation of "Bellefontaine," as in Bellefontaine Neighbors.
There are lots of breweries in St. Louis, but when we say "the brewery" we mean "Anheuser-Busch."
Refers to below-grade lanes of I-44 as it passes through downtown St. Louis by the Gateway Arch, not the mental state of the drivers.
An uncharacteristically reasonably correct rendering of "Des Peres."
We like to slip "a"s in where "o"s belong, so that's how some of us say "forty-four," refering to I-44.
FLOOR uh sent
Another French beatdown, this is how we say "Florissant." You may be confused with the profusion of Florissant roadways, the geographic locations of which defy logic. North Florissant Ave. is south of West Florissant Ave.; West Florissant Ave. is east of Florissant Rd.; South New Florissant Rd. is north of North Florissant Rd. Sorry about that.
Yes, the "s" is silent in "Gravois," but don't go too far French and say "grahv WAH." That's crazy.
"Highway 40" (see "farty far"). We will often refer to I-64 as Highway 40, its U.S highway designation.
You may hear a St. Louisan refer to someone disparagingly as a "hoozier," which does NOT identify them as being from Indiana. I apologize to the real Hooziers.
A largely obsolete but occasionally used term for I-170.
This is how we say, "Creve Coeur." Sorry, France.
kron duh LET
Yes, "Carondelet" looks French, but we have successfully Americanized it.
lah fay ET
This is how we say "Lafayette," as in Layayette Square and Lafayette Park, and we are correct.
How we say "Lemay," as opposed to "luh MAY," as William Shatner once did in a locally produced TV commercial during a particularly lean year in his career.
A recently developed nickname for St. Louis, "The Lou," bears an unfortunate similarity to British slang for "restroom."
MARE uh mack
"Meramec," a Native American word, is the name of streets, a river and a community college.
Missouri Baptist Hospital actually encourages this nickname in its TV ads.
This is a cut of meat that apparently only exists in St. Louis. It requires slow cooking at a low temperature and is often the basis for delicious barbecue.
Many locals still refer to Missouri Botanical Garden as belonging to its long-dead founder, Henry Shaw.
This is how we pronounce the name of one of our founding fathers, Auguste "Chouteau" and the street named after him.
"SLU" or Saint Louis University. There's also a slew high (St. Louis University High School). The Saint Louis University Museum of Art prefers "slewma" to "slumma."
Our rendering of "Soulard," one of our oldest, most charming neighborhoods and the home of our sensational Mardi Gras celebration. And yes, we say "mardee graw."
Toasted ravioli, a St. Louis culinary invention consisting of breaded, deep-fried ravioli usually accompanied by a tomato sauce, goes occasionally by the nickname "T-ravs."
There are two local parks named "Tilles," although some (including Tilles family members) prefer "TILL ess."
Refers to "UMSL," University of Missouri St. Louis, home to the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
It's a game like horseshoes played in south St. Louis with washers, excuse me, warshers.