Los Angeles

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 27 03:04:59 UTC 2009

Jon writes:

"Reminds me of a note I posted a few years back about (Anglo) characters in
1930s movies saying "Los Angeleez," with a [g]."

And *that* pronunciation reminds of the pronunciation used by Uncle
h.c. Cecil, an old friend of my mother from Down Home. He "ran on the
road" [worked as a Pullman porter or as a dining-car waiter on a
train]. As is well-known, such men traveled all over the country and
Uncle Cecil had been all the way to The Coast. The pronunciation that
you cite is the one that Uncle Cecil used, when visited us in Saint
Louis in the '40's, entertaining us with tales of working the Chief
and the Super Chief of the Santa Fe RR and the Colorado Eagle of the
Missouri-Pacific Lines, etc. He and my mother would have been in high
school and college in the 'Thirties, watching those movies.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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