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    Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    What are some Iowa towns that have different than normal pronunciations? I know there are a lot of 'em. Here are a few off the top of my head:

    Madrid - MAD-RID
    Nevada - NEV-VAY-DA
    East Peru - East PEE-RU
    What Cheer - I've actually heard this from locals as WATT Cheer



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Tripoli-pronounced Trip-oh-lah



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Iowa City (I-O-Wah ****-ty)


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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    You beat me to my hometown, Nevada.



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Bangor- you figure out how to pronounce it



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Not really a town, but Des Moines



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Clinton (HOLY-CRAP-IT-SMELLS-TON)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    Clinton (HOLY-CRAP-IT-SMELLS-TON)
    Only when the wind is out of the south.



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Quote Originally Posted by Colossus View Post
    What are some Iowa towns that have different than normal pronunciations? I know there are a lot of 'em. Here are a few off the top of my head:

    Madrid - MAD-RID
    Nevada - NEV-VAY-DA
    East Peru - East PEE-RU
    What Cheer - I've actually heard this from locals as WATT Cheer
    I know some people from What Cheer and they say "Whahcheer"


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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    I have heard the locals call Peoria something along the line of Peerie.



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    I've heard that locals pronounce Keokuk "keel-cook". I don't know first-hand if that's true.



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Quote Originally Posted by j_crow View Post
    You beat me to my hometown, Nevada.
    Do I know you?

    Btw, the town of Nevada was founded before the state of Nevada...so you could argue the state of Nevada has the odd pronunciation. Just sayin...




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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    I've heard "Ah-Tomb-wah" Ottumwa


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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Quote Originally Posted by ripvdub View Post
    I've heard "Ah-Tomb-wah" Ottumwa
    Think Lawarence Fishburn (no idea how to spell) did that on the movie Tuskegee Airmen



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    Re: Iowa Towns with Odd Pronunciations

    Sioux City (sewer city)



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