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Topic: [OT] RE: +Turkish Coffee near Detroit (4 msgs / 61 lines)
1) From: Prabhakar Ragde
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People from Canada or England (where they still speak English) do not
pronounce it "Eye-ran". Not that the English can lay claim to any high
moral ground on this score, having cheerfully renamed most of Europe
to suit themselves. Firenze becoming Florence is perhaps the saddest,
but Livorno becoming Leghorn is the most absurd. Had Warner Brothers
cartoons been invented a few centuries earlier, they never would have
dared. --PR
(PS Canadians mangled all the aboriginal pronounciations of place
names that they retained, so no one's hands -- or should I say
tongues? -- are clean.)
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2) From: Angelo
Some Brazilians I've spoken with were very upset at the fact that Americans 
not only pronounce Brazil incorrectly, but have misspelled it. It's spelled 
"Brasil", and seems to be pronounced "Braseu" with an unvoiced "s" instead 
of a voiced one ( "z" sound)...
BTW, has anyone else noticed that George Bush seems to not voice any of his 
"s" 's ? Just an observation..
Ciao,
Angelo
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3) From: Rick Farris
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Do they say "Eye-talian?"
--Rick
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Rick Farris
820 W G St #144
San Diego, CA  92101
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4) From: Carl Thomas
I've heard both Iraq and Iran pronounced with a long initial "e" (ee) sound
and with a short "i" (the i in it) sound by both Arabic and non-Arabic
speakers.  Never with an initial "eye" sound (except in West Virginia).  But
if you just pronounce both "Evil", it covers them pretty well and correct
pronunciation is never necessary when rooting out evil.
Now maybe we can terminate this thread since it's way off a coffee subject.
Carl
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