Why is "Missouri" pronounced with -z-

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Wed Dec 7 02:05:23 UTC 2005

    I suppose this is very basic for the dialecticians in our group, but I've often wondered about it: Why is "Missouri" (with a double "s") pronounced with a
"z" (Mizzouree or Mizzourah)?  Similarly, "possess" is pronounced with a
"z" (after the "o").  But "Mississippi" is pronounced only with "s", as one would expect.

    I'd be very grateful for an insight into this.

Gerald Cohen

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