Niagara Falls = "Niffles"

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Thu Dec 21 15:22:46 UTC 2006

JL quotes a 1929 letter to Time Magazine:

  During the War it was an Englishman who said the Americans were worse than
the English in the difference between spelling and pronunciation. "You spell
it W-i-l-s-o-n and pronounce it 'House,'" he remarked.


Is that a reference to US politics? (Wilson was President during World War
I.) If not, I don't get it at all.

m a m

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