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

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 24 14:31:55 UTC 2008

Ah ha.

   1. Now I know how to give proper credit in speech to those Laws of
   2. Gmail thinks "Zi.ni <http://zi.ni/>" is a URI, displaying it in
   underlined blue and linking it as "http://zi.ni/". (It's "Server not
   found".) ".ni" is the top-level domain for Nicaragua.

Mark Mandel

On Jan 22, 2008 10:12 AM, David Bowie <db.list at pmpkn.net> wrote:

> From:    Nadia Gabriel <nadpaz3 at GMAIL.COM>
> My wife's first name is Jeanne [dZi.ni]. A small but noticeable number
> of people we know pronounce her name [Zi.ni] at least part of the time.
> No idea if it's a hyperforeignization (hyper*re*foreignization, maybe,
> given that her name is ultimately but distantly French), but those I've
> been able to do under-the-radar lexical elicitation with don't use the
> [Z] in words like jail.
> --
> David Bowie                               University of Central Florida
>     Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
>     house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
>     chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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