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

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat May 22 18:56:28 UTC 2010

Wilson Gray 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.....

Google Books shows a number of examples of "Jay pan" and "Jaypan"
(meaning Japan), from as early as 1871 at a glance.

-- Doug Wilson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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