English words beginning with <j> pronounced [Z]?

Edward Callary TB0EXC1 at WPO.CSO.NIU.EDU
Tue Jan 22 15:19:38 UTC 2008

FWIW, there is a town in w central Illinois near Mt. Sterling named Jaques, named for site owner Hiram Jaques, a former New Yorker. The local pronunciation alternates between /jekwIsh/ and /jekrIsh/.

Edward Callary
Northern Illinois University

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