Heard on [adult swim]: "Japan" > [dZei p&n]

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 22 05:04:50 UTC 2010

Spoken by a Squidbilly, according to the story line, a native of the
North-Georgia hill country:

"Sushi? That's made over yonder in JAY-pan."

The only other time that I've heard "Japan" pronounced this way, it
was spoken by a step-relative of mine from Wake County, NC.

No, I'm not assuming that someone playing the voice of a cartoon
character is truly a representative speaker of any real local dialect
of Georgia. But, I'm just saying, you know? This isn't the first time
that I've heard _Japan_ pronounced as "JAY-pan" and, the other time,
the speaker really *was* a genuine local yokel in his home county.

This same voice-actor pronounced "out here" as [aut tSi at r]. I would
have expected [au tSi at r]. But, of course, youneverknow.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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