Dueling dialects

Ed Keer edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 23 13:20:12 UTC 2004

> The mention of "Blount" and /blunt/ reminds me of an
> anti-eye pronunciation.
> After the US victory at Buena Vista in the Mexican
> War (the battle that made
> Jefferson Davis's reputation and thereby led to the
> Northern victory in the
> Civil War), veterans in at least two states
> (Kentucky and New Jersey) came home
> and founded towns whose names are written as "Buena"
> but pronounced /'boo
> nuh/.
>      - Jim Landau


Thanks for that tidbit. You just cleared up something
in reference to the town I'm living in. Here there is
a Buena Vista street that all the natives call /'byoo
nuh/ vista. Probably influenced by the town name.

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