old pronunciation of "Los Angeles"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 15 12:53:20 UTC 2011

When I naively suggested, some years ago, that a / g / in the middle of a
straightforwardly English pronunciation of "Los Angeles," Wilson observed
that both the / g / and the now universal / J / (if you see what I mean)
sounded normal to him.

But the / g / still sounds bizarre to me, and presumably to many others.  I
feel compelled, therefore, to report that the never-to-be-forgotten Loretta
Young also used the / g / in at least one episode of her TV anthology
series, copyrighted as late as 1959.  (A story in which a dying American
visits Lourdes.)

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