Patio : The world from South Texas

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Fri Jun 16 16:49:03 UTC 2000

Rudolph C Troike wrote:
>         Very informally, I would guess that in most of the area from San
> Antonio southward in Texas, _patio_ is pronounced only with /a/. I grew up
> with that as the only pronunciation, and was quite startled when I went to
> California in 1954 and discovered that this newly-popular aspect of
> American architecture was pronounced with /ae/. My intuitive reaction was
> and is that the pronunciation with /ae/ sounds offensive, like so many
> other distortions of Spanish borrowings prevalent in California (as
> /piydrow/ for _Pedro_ in _San Pedro_). Developers probably spread the
> American-adapted architectural form from there, along with the Anglicized
> pronunciation. Unlike my good friend Don, I can't bring myself to use the
> /ae/ even around others who are using it.

You can leave Houston out of that equation, as least the southwest sector.
Andrea Vine, avine at, iPlanet i18n architect
"Stew my foot and call me Brenda"
--From "Angry Child" by Aardman Animation

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