Generation ñ (enya)

Michael Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Fri Oct 24 00:14:06 UTC 2008

that's a tilde over the n, not an accent.

Joel S. Berson wrote:
> Generation ñ (enya, for those like Google who
> don't see accents) has made it to the NY Times.
> Oct. 23, 2008, page A17 (New England Edition),
> col. 4. "McCain is Faltering Among Hispanic Voters", by Larry Rohter.
> "The Hispanic electorate [countryside] has grown
> greatly since then [2004], its numbers swelled by
> several million newly registered voters:
> green-card holders who have recently become
> American citizens and young bilingual and
> bicultural Latinos who are sometimes referred to as "Generation ñ."
> (At least he didn't use the verb-of-the-month, "referenced [as]".)
> I don't think it's possible to separate
> "Gen/generation ñ" from unaccented
> "Gen/generation n" in Google.  But I did try
> "Generation enya" in Google Groups, which yielded
> only one real hit ever, from April 19, this
> year.  (The other -- yes, there were only two --
> is spurious, as it concatenates "Music for the
> Jilted Generation" with Enya's album
> "Enya".)  Google Web yields 96 hits for
> "generation enya", and 274 for "gen enya", many
> of which I suspect also refer to the singer.
> Joel
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