[Ads-l] old-time stress in "hot dog," pronun. of "Haiti."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 11 22:16:34 UTC 2014

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> / ha 'i ti/

Haiti, spelled "Hayti" and pronounced HAY-tie, is the name of a town in the
"Bootheel" - pronounced "boot HEEL - of Missouri. AFAIK, it *is* named
after the island nation. But, *why*?!!!

A couple of Googlings:

"God Himself should just come down from up above and remove Hayti from the
face of the earth. For it, as a town, is no good!"

"The reason that no one knows where Hayti got its name is because they
don't want to admit that it got it from the island of Haiti."

But, seriously, folks, isn't /ha 'i ti/ the Britspeak pronunciation, even
in the 21st c.?

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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