"The Battle of Bataan" heard as

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sun Jan 13 01:43:24 UTC 2013

Wilson Gray wrote:
> "the Battle of buh-TAHN"
> IIRC, it used to be "the Battle of buh-TAN"
> but I may be wrong, since even I was but a tad, in those days.
> Bueller? Anyone?
"We're the Battling Bastards of Bataan,
No Mama, No Papa, No Uncle Sam,
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces,
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces,
And nobody gives a damn!"
   -- Frank Hewlett

I'd say that your memory is probably correct.

Jim Parish

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

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