Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Sun Apr 3 13:57:05 UTC 2005

>Barbara Need wrote:
>>  >The sound spelled "g" in Spanish somewhat resembles the sound spelled
>>  >with the same letter in Dutch. Otherwise, the pronunciation of
>>  >Nicaragua in English is only trivially distinct from its
>>  >pronunciation in English. How does an English-speaker pronounce
>>  >"Nicaragua" in such a way as to sound pretentious?
>>  How about the British, [nI-k at -ra-gju-a]?
>Pretentious, moi?
>Michael Quinion

Sorry. An American saying this is pretentious. (I also consider the
pronunciation of _Jaguar_ with three syllables to be
pretentious--especially in a TV ad on American TV.)


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