Heard on [adult swim]: "Japan" > [dZei p&n]

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 9 00:10:19 UTC 2010

At 6:48 PM -0400 9/8/10, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>1945 Ernie Pyle _Last Chapter_ (N.Y.: Henry Holt, 1946) 23: I noticed a lot
>of people [in the Marianas] unconsciously pronouncing Japan as "Jay-pan,"
>just as in Africa we always used to say "A-rab" instead of "errab," as we
>were taught in school. Sometimes they carried it into multisyllables, such
>as "We're going to Jay-pan-man-land" tomorrow.
>Pyle grew up in west-central Indiana: hence "errab."

Not that far from South Bend, where Ara ("erra") Parseghian would
soon be plying his trade as (extremely successful) coach of Notre
Dame football, during the Era of Ara.


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