1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Do I pronounce it 'ro-day-oh' or 'ro-dee-oh'? Which is correct?


Question: Do I pronounce it 'ro-day-oh' or 'ro-dee-oh'? Which is correct?
I know what you're thinking...we're talking about the greatest sport on dirt not some street in Beverly Hills. But you'll be surprised to learn either one works. You say tomato and I say- tomato?
Answer: Technically both are correct. The word we use to describe cowboy competitions comes from the Spanish, rodear.

Pronouncing rodeo like "ro-day-oh" retains the Spanish flavor and origin and is preferred by certain events, like the California Rodeo in Salinas.

Most modern events prefer "ro-dee-oh" however, which I say would win in an either/or situation.
Related Video
Correct Posture
Correct Ball Position
  1. About.com
  2. Sports
  3. Rodeo

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.