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Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member24 Jul 2013 3:40 p.m. PST

I've never been to Chicago, but there are a couple of friends and work colleagues where I live who have and pronounce it "Chi-CAR-go".

Is this pronunciation used anywhere else? I suspect not but thought I would check without US TMPers before I dismiss it as part of one of the variations on accent here (when I was a soldier and later working outside of my province, a lot of folks mistook my slight accent as Irish).

Thanks in advance,

zippyfusenet Inactive Member24 Jul 2013 4:12 p.m. PST

It was originally pronounced Chingachgook. Do the best you can.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2013 4:18 p.m. PST

You can blame this man :

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Phil Hall24 Jul 2013 4:26 p.m. PST

Chicaga is the way those in the Windy City pronounce it. Or just Chi(shy). I have heard people pronounce it Chicargo but they ain't from Chicaga.

Streitax Inactive Member24 Jul 2013 6:16 p.m. PST

I call it the Black Hole of the airline industry.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member24 Jul 2013 6:35 p.m. PST

Phil is dead on!
I'm from Chicaga…

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2013 6:58 p.m. PST

It's still a toddling town.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2013 7:14 p.m. PST

Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse. and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2013 8:10 p.m. PST

I was raised in Chicago, and pronounced it Chi-ca-go. There are several different accents in Chicago that pronounce it differently. From Cicero, to Near North Side, to Western and Devon, to South side.

But one thing I know is no one from Chicago calls it Chi town, That phrase is a definite give away that the person is not from Chicago but from out of state.


Jay Arnold Inactive Member24 Jul 2013 9:30 p.m. PST

People north of I-80 tend to pronounce it "Chigahhhgo."

Chicargo? Never heard it or of it.

Tommy2025 Jul 2013 6:47 a.m. PST

I've only lived here 25 years, but I've never encountered Chi-car-go, Chi-ca-ga, Chi-town or Chi. Just Chi-ca-go.

RKE Steve25 Jul 2013 9:58 a.m. PST

I have lived here for 54 years and never heard anyone pronounce it that way either.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member25 Jul 2013 11:21 a.m. PST

The R goes in front.

Sue Kes25 Jul 2013 2:01 p.m. PST

Never heard it pronounced any other way (Chic as in very smart, Argo as in ship …) over here in the UK – and isn't that the way it's pronounced in That Song? Interesting to learn that the residents use a different pronounciation.

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member26 Jul 2013 4:27 p.m. PST

Thanks folks.

Sue I find that very interesting.

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