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Re: “Idaho Pronunciation Guide

Chinden- CHINese garDENs. Makes sense.

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Posted by cateydid on 09/30/2015 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Idaho Pronunciation Guide

From the post about words with a ch but sh sound only the words with chi should be considered. There are a few words that are chi and pronounced shi like chivalry and chiffon but both are of Anglo french origin. Chinden got its name not from those roots but from a contest held to name the street. It was named chinden from the history of the Chinese gardens that it ran through thus chin-den thus the pronunciation is Chin-den.

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Posted by Chase Williams on 04/13/2015 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Booze Rules

Keep going...
What about city streets/sidewalks?
Private property downtown?
Is there a web resource for which parks allow it (with the restrictions you mentioned) and which ones prohibit it entirely?
What about in a parked car? If so, does it matter where the car is parked?
Any other more thorough resources on this subject you can suggest?

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Posted by Furrball on 09/04/2014 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Idaho Pronunciation Guide

The chinden shinden argument is the oldest in Boise. And the the "Shallenger" argument is always the most idiotic.


all sound like SH.

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Posted by Chad Collings on 08/08/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Idaho Pronunciation Guide

I agree with "Chin-den". My kids don't go to "Shallenger School" on "Shin-den". They go to "Challenger School on "Chin-den". That is interesting about the origin of the word as well, thanks brookchig!

As far as "Shoshone", the correct pronunciation is "Show-show-nee" according to the Shoshone Tribe. Maybe that's not how the 'locals' here pronounce it, but I would think that the tribe would know better. Cited here:

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Posted by joedaho on 04/28/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Keep Rolling

Now is the time to get ahead of this goathead problem: learn to recognize the plant and uproot it before the seeds mature. The plants are spreading their vines all over the bike paths and sidewalks, but they are just beginning to flower. If people will pay attention and take a few minutes kill the plants now before they go to seed we can prevent this scourge from taking over the valley.

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Posted by Perisor on 08/05/2013 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Virtual Boise

Another for the news section:

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Posted by Timm! on 08/01/2013 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Idaho Pronunciation Guide

I would have to agree with the "local" who wrote this article. I've lived here for forty years and it's pronounced "Chin-den" We can always tell those who aren't from around here when we hear "shin-den" The comment above is correct based on the historical past of Garden City.

Also regarding PHILLIPPI - locals pronounce it (Fill - a - pee) - Pronunciation (US): filipi from Audio

Just my two cents :)

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Posted by dejavuwhoo on 12/01/2010 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Idaho Pronunciation Guide

@DancingDragonWings: can't weigh in on any of the others, but I agree that I've heard "Chin-den" more often... and it makes more sense, too, when you know the origin of the word (I randomly came across it in one of the Garden City Library's local histories when I worked there as the reference librarian).

Apparently there was a contest to name the road (I think this was when Garden City incorporated, but I'm a little fuzzy on the details by now), and "Chinden" was submitted as a combination of "Chinese Garden," a reference to the ethnicity and hobbies of some of the population. It won, and the rest is history.

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Posted by bookchiq on 12/01/2010 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Idaho Pronunciation Guide

I have to quibble with the pronunciation of a few of the words here.

1. Even locals disagree about the pronunciation of "Chinden." Personally, I hear "Chinden" with the hard "ch" more often than "shin-den," and I say "Chinden," too.
2. Locals say "koot-nee." They drop the middle syllable.
3. I'm not sure people know how to say "Phillippi," but most know what you're talking about when you say "phil-ih-pee."
4. People I have met who live on Resseguie have said "rezi-gyoo-ee."

Didn't anyone else notice these discrepencies?

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Posted by DancingDragonWings on 09/16/2010 at 11:58 AM

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