BBC excerpt

Chris F Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Fri Apr 4 23:58:51 UTC 2008

Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
> "El nino" (the ocean current) has a counterpart called "la nina", says
> the BBC (no need to confuse the audience with diacritical marks, I guess).
> The pronunciation is not made clear, but the word origin is explained:
> <<La Nina translates from the Spanish as "The Child Girl">>
I've heard about La NiƱa [the mailing list software will likely not
preserve the tilde for some of you) for years. The Wikipedia entry
( was created in 2002.

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