accent or mispronounciation? (was RE: [thechat] Chile'stennisfighting for the medals)

Sabrina Dent, Apperception sabrina.dent at
Mon Aug 23 10:49:00 CDT 2004

> On Behalf Of Luther, Ron
> Anyway, he got lost looking for this place:
> "Oh!", they said, "You mean ver-SAY-lees!"
> I'm still surprised he didn't kill them all on the spot.

I used to live near a place known to the locals as "Ray-falls Park."
That would be Raphaels Park to you and me. I got *laughed at* when I
read the sign correctly, and pronounced it locally ever after.

And afaik, you're looking for Man and Hess-a. My peeve is people who say
Vlad-I-mer NA-bo-kov when it's Vla-DEE-meer Na-BO-kov.

On the other hand, I don't have a big problem with Versaylees or
Rayfalls Park. We don't laugh at people who say Hey-susse, and those
people don't laugh at us for saying Jesus. When a word leaves it's home
territories, it gets absorbed into the local language and pronunciation.
Yes, it's a little uneducated, but that's just a reflection of reality.
I can't pronounce most items on a French menu because I've never taken
French; on the other hand, I don't try because I prefer not to make an
arse of myself in public unless I'm really liquored up :)


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