Niagara Falls = "Niffles"

Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Thu Dec 21 23:54:42 UTC 2006


Charles House was President Wilson's Chief of Staff during his second term,
and he and Wilson's second wife were reputed to have run the country during
the last few months/year of his presidency, after Wilson became ill.  Much
the same thing as pronouncing "B-u-s-h" as "Cheney".

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: Niagara Falls = "Niffles"

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> JL quotes a 1929 letter to Time Magazine:
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>   During the War it was an Englishman who said the Americans were worse
> the English in the difference between spelling and pronunciation. "You
> 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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