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

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat May 22 17:41:38 UTC 2010

Cf. also "JAY-pan fan" as sung by June Carter in "Jackson"...


On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 1:04 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

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