Dons Quixote and Juan (was: Chile)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 9 08:41:43 UTC 2010

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 9:31 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> I was instructed by my high school English
> teacher around 1950 that the proper pronunciation
> was kwiks-oat.

I, too, was in high school in 1950, but I knew that that pronunciation
was the "proper" one even before that. I don't recall when I first
heard "Key-HOE-tay," since I was long convinced that it had to be some
kind of mistake. It sounded so ridiculous that I tried to make it go
away by ignoring it.

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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