nucular and Latino

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Wed Nov 14 08:30:26 UTC 2001

Two unrelated questions:

How come many Hispanic and non-Hispanic native speakers of English pronounce
"Latino" and "Latina" as if they were Spanish words when they're speaking
English? I just heard somebody on NPR hesitate for a split second to switch
to Spanish for that word and then back to English. It doesn't sound natural
to my ears. And I'm a native speaker of Spanish.

I also have a question about pronouncing nuclear as if it were pronounced
"nucular." George W. Bush says nucular. Eisenhower used to say nucular. How
about other presidents? How common is this pronunciation?

Paul Frank
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French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese
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