Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 30, 2016

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    BE THIS GUY  about 6 years ago

    I guess I better cancel my trip to Boise.

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    Bilan  about 6 years ago

    Then how are they going to sell their speakers and headphones?

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    Sherlock Watson  about 6 years ago

    Will they start a war against River City, Ioway?

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    Kaputnik  about 6 years ago

    I could have sworn there was a pun coming.

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    Templo S.U.D.  about 6 years ago

    I’m not from Idaho, but I interchangeably call it “boy-zee” and “boy-see.”

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    Packratjohn Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Don’t know much about Boise, but the best Science Fiction comes from Duncan, Idaho.

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    MathProf2  about 6 years ago

    Biblical!! Look up the word “shibboleth” if you don’t know what I mean.

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    Ruddickfam4  about 6 years ago

    The Treasure Valley of Idaho is a great part of the western U. S. While I don’t live there I have visited several times and love the community.

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member about 6 years ago

    “Who would have thought that so many people wouldn’t know how to pronounce the name of their own home town? Pathetic. Sad.”

    -— D J Trump

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    artieb2007  about 6 years ago

    Here in KY we have Louisville…or Looieville……locals say Luvall….you can tell who is from out of state by their pronuncication….ha!

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    alviebird  about 6 years ago

    They’re weird down here in Georgia. Forsyth is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, Albany on the second, and Houston (the county I live in) is pronounced House-ton (which kind of makes sense if you think about it).

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member about 6 years ago

    How about setting that story in Pierre, South Dakota?

     

    Though as a runner up…..

    I remember that on the M.A.S.H. TV show,

    Mike Farrell cracked up everybody around here,

    when he came nowhere near the right pronunciation of his supposed home town, Petaluma, California.

     

    Packratjohn…..

    I’ve never read Dune,

    but I’ve heard that some pretty decent

    jelly doughnuts come from Dunkin Donuts.

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    juicebruce  about 6 years ago

    So we all speak our own form of English depending on where we live………………younze guys !

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    Kristiaan Premium Member about 6 years ago

    That’s what they did during the ‘Brugse Metten’: the Flemish in Bruges asked people to say ‘Schild en Vriend’ (shield and friend). Those who couldn’t pronounce it properly (the French) were killed.

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    tripwire45  about 6 years ago

    I’ve lived in Southwestern Idaho for over 20 years. Yes, it’s pronounced “Boy-see.”

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    Brian Fink  about 6 years ago

    Boston has towns that the names are not pronounced the way they are spelled. Peabody is not PEA-body, but peebuddy. Haverhill is havril. One of the newspapers had a radio ad of out-of-towners who mispronounced all the names.

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    KEA  about 6 years ago

    I thought it was Blanche Du

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Lot of places like that. Locally there is Southington which is pronounced Sudingtin and Berlin pronounced BurLIN!

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    mortaur  about 6 years ago

    I smell a RAT!!!

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    kd1sq Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Don’t miss the sequel – Cairo secedes!

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    nosirrom  about 6 years ago

    Even an act of Congress cannot prevent people from pronouncing their place the way they want to. i.e. Arkansas.

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    angelfiredragon  about 6 years ago

    I don’t know that a town with 200,000+ people should be called a town, maybe a city instead.

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    johndifool  about 6 years ago

    You’re livin in your own Private IdahoIdahoYou’re out of control, the rivers that rollYou fell into the water and down to IdahoGet out of that stateGet out of that state you’re inYou better beware

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    johndifool  about 6 years ago

    So hard returns, of whatever sort, no longer are recognized here. Bah.

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    2Goldfish  about 6 years ago

    My dad and two of my brothers live in Boise. It is a nice place, but the traffic is getting horrible!

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    bigcatbusiness  about 6 years ago

    Boy-see. It’s all in the tongue.

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    Clearstream  about 6 years ago

    I said it “boys”….apparently I cannot pronounce anything.

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    Ignatz Premium Member about 6 years ago

    I say “Boyzee” so I can rhyme it with “New Joizy.”

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    dook  about 6 years ago

    Then there are the Brits who pronounce LA “Los Angeleeze”

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    hankloy  about 6 years ago

    I worked in Idaho with a partner who was adamant aboutthis, so I listened to local radio and they used both. To each his own I guess.

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    zeexenon  about 6 years ago

    Waukesha Wisconsin is next (now, say both words fast and end up with Oconomowoc, Menomonee, and those public things drinking water from comes).

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    Constantinepaleologos  about 6 years ago

    Wouldn’t Rat get sued for plagiarism? This is basically a remake of Judges chapter 12.

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    BE THIS GUY  about 6 years ago

    Before the days of GPS, I found myself riding shotgun in Queens, NY trying to find the Van Wyck Expressway. We pulled over on a local street and asked a pedestrian for directions. I asked “do you know how to get to the Van Wyck,” pronouncing it Van Wyke. The pedestrian corrected my pronunciation by saying, “oh, you mean the Van Wik,” and he then gave us directions.

    Still not able to find it we pulled over again and asked a second person a few minutes later. “Excuse me, do you know how to get to the Van WIK,?”

    “Are you asking about the the Van WYKE?”

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    FlatheadFord  about 6 years ago

    New Orleans is Nawlins.

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    Mr. Stick  about 6 years ago

    How can Goat mispronounce Boise after hearing Rat say it twice ?

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    Robert Stroud  about 6 years ago

    Yep, I remember the distinction when the USMC reassigned my dad to work with the Reservists in Boise. Even the kids in fourth grade made fun of you if you didn’t conform to their peculiar pronunciation.

    But learning to fit in like a native probably saved my life.

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    Boise Ed Premium Member about 6 years ago

    One could make a similar joke about Cairo, IL; San Pedro, CA; and several others I can’t think of just now.

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    Lamberger  about 6 years ago

    Cadiz, Spain, is “Kah-DEEZ”, but Cadiz, KY, is “KATE-eez”.

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    Lamberger  about 6 years ago

    When the Arkansas river flows from Leadville, Colorado through Kansas, it is pronounced “ar-KAN-sas”, but when it flows through Oklahoma and Arkansas to the Mississippi river, it is pronounced “AR-kan-saw”.

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    Richard V Anderson  about 6 years ago

    I am surprised that heretofore no one has mentioned that Garrison Keillor lectured his audience when PHC visited Boise that the name was of French origin and ought to be pronounced “bwoz” (wooded).

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    Sisyphos  about 6 years ago

    Alas. There are so many. Cairo in Illinois ( KE-ro), for example. Then there was the way relaxed-tongue Old Timers pronounced Victoria (Texas); something like vik-TERR….

    Well, I’ve never been to Boise, but I kinda like potatoes….

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Typing “enter” (return) TWICE after a line, instead of just once, also makes a hard return….

    like the one above…

     

    Extra “returns” do nothing….. they just disappear.

    So, if you want a paragraph break, like the one I just did before the word “extra”,

    the simplest consistent one I know is “enter, enter,   enter, enter”

     

    in other words, you leave an empty line (which won’t show after posting,

    then enter the HTML code for an empty space, which is   …

    then leave another empty line before the next line of text.

     

    It’s not too bad once you get used to it.

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    sbischof  about 6 years ago

    Ok, Im dying… how else can you even pronounce Petaluma?

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Sbischof… He called it Pet – AL- yuma.

    Middle syllable accented, and pronounced as in Al Gore.

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