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Old 05-30-07, 08:33 AM   #1
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How do you pronounce...

creek

Hollywood likes to portray Southerners as saying "crick." I have lived in the South almost all my life and have never heard a Southerner say "crick." We say "creak."

The only place I ever heard anyone pronounce it "crick" was when I was in the seminary in Indiana.
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Native Texan, creek.
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Because I am from Indiana (against my will), I have always made sure I pronounce it "creak."

ETA: Ooops, hit enter too soon.
My maternal grandmother was one of those crick people though. She also said sparry (sparrow), feesh (fish), warsh (and Warshington), and Estry Loiter (Estee Lauder). I made a concerted effort while I was growing up to not have an accent.
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Old 05-30-07, 08:45 AM   #4
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That's okay, many Missouri natives think that it's pronounced "Mizzurruh"

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I am from rural North Georgia and have never heard anyone pronounce it "crick" unless they were from the Midwest(my father's family is from Illinois).
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It's crick among the locals here in Kansas. I try and say creek but growing up, it was common for us kids, to say, "let's go down to the crick and play."
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Upstate NY

I played by the crick every day when I was a little girl.
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Im in NY and I say creek. When I went to a quad track in PA they said crick. They actually all laughed at me when i said creek.
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I don't know what strange variant of English the rest of you were brought up on, but "creek" rhymes with "horse."

Literacy in this country has hit a new low. Sigh.
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Born and raised Texan - long 'e', creek.
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crick where I live and I ain't anywhere close to the south.
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In Minnesota I've always heard it both ways. I think it's a midwest thing.
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In Oklahoma I've heard both. Most of us from OKC or Tulsa would say creak but I've heard people from out in the country say crick. There's often a big difference here in the way people from the cities and people from the country talk. I'm not referring to anyone's intellegence and no offense is intended, it's just the way we talk that's different.
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That's okay, many Missouri natives think that it's pronounced "Mizzurruh"

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Strange that. My parents grew up in downstate Illinois and have been in St Louis area since the late 50's. They say Mizzurruh. I grew up in the St Louis area and say it Mizzerree. Either way, that school in Columbia is MIZZOU.

We said 'creek.' When I lived in Peoria, they pronounced it 'crick.'
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Old 05-30-07, 09:47 AM   #16
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In Minnesota I've always heard it both ways. I think it's a midwest thing.
Yeah, I grew up in MN and I've heard both. Haven't heard anyone say it out here.
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I am from rural North Georgia and have never heard anyone pronounce it "crick" unless they were from the Midwest(my father's family is from Illinois).
I'm also from Rural North Georgia, no one pronounces it "crick". It must be a midwest thing.

One I was wondering about last night. Do y'all say leisure so it rhymes with seizure or as a close rhyme to ledger?

Some real southern pronunciations:
Co-Cola
'lanta
'leck-tricity
PEA-can not pa-CON
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creek

Hollywood likes to portray Southerners as saying "crick." I have lived in the South almost all my life and have never heard a Southerner say "crick." We say "creak."

The only place I ever heard anyone pronounce it "crick" was when I was in the seminary in Indiana.
living in North Carolina, I could argue that Floridians aren't Southerners. Besides there are many Southern dialects. I was in NY the first 50 yeras of my life, I'm no expert on these dialects,friends I've aquired here are. Different parts of a given state can have very different pronunciations and phrases.
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I'm also from Rural North Georgia, no one pronounces it "crick". It must be a midwest thing.

One I was wondering about last night. Do y'all say leisure so it rhymes with seizure or as a close rhyme to ledger?

Some real southern pronunciations:
Co-Cola
'lanta
'leck-tricity
PEA-can not pa-CON
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I'm also from Rural North Georgia, no one pronounces it "crick". It must be a midwest thing.

One I was wondering about last night. Do y'all say leisure so it rhymes with seizure or as a close rhyme to ledger?

Some real southern pronunciations:
Co-Cola
'lanta
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PEA-can not pa-CON
I've always pronounced it pea con. pea can sounds like an alternate term for a bed pan.
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I'm from Maine. Here its pronounce "brook", "stream", or "river". "CreaK" is a noise similar to a "squeek".
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living in North Carolina, I could argue that Floridians aren't Southerners.
You just haven't been to the right parts of Florida.
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I was going to say, I pronounce it stream as well.
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living in North Carolina, I could argue that Floridians aren't Southerners.
Don't confuse us with the South Beach/Disney World Florida. We are the Real Florida, not the manufactured, imported one.
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living in North Carolina, I could argue that Floridians aren't Southerners. Besides there are many Southern dialects. I was in NY the first 50 yeras of my life, I'm no expert on these dialects,friends I've aquired here are. Different parts of a given state can have very different pronunciations and phrases.
Florida is defiantly not Southern. Some southerners may live there, but I've never seen them.

I lived in NC for 10 years, and I concur, there are a ton of dialects there. "Christ my wife makes nice white rice" is the funniest sounding sentence when said by someone from Hickory or Piney.
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