[Ads-l] "Niger" or "Niger"?

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Tue Oct 24 09:46:24 UTC 2017

On 10/24/17 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:00:18 -0400
> From:    Jonathan Lighter<wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: "Niger" or "Niger"?
> Sen. John McCain:
> Nye-JEER.
> So why not "Nye-JEER-uns"?
> JL

I heard an announcer on The World last night say "Nee-jerr-ian" and I 
thought to myself that it was going to be a homograph of the adjective 
formed from Nigeria. Looking things up this morning, I see that it's 
"Nigerien" in MWC11. Orthography to disambiguate, at least in this instance.

---Amy West

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