Marc Cooper: The Devolution of PJ Media

iceweasel7/07/2010 10:58:10 pm PDT

re: #733 Gus 802

The proper way would be with a Spanish accent. Technically. But, it’s been anglocized.

Of course— the point was that the anglo people there almost 70 years ago were already trying to make their specific way of saying it ‘proper’.

The DJ you mention, if he was old enough and if he grew up in LA, and his parents and maybe grandparents did, might really have just grown up pronouncing it like that.

One of the things I love about the US is the way names and pronunciations and fights about ‘authenticity’ always shift and change. Despite our issues and fringe groups, we really do have this democratic, egalitarian, multicultural and pragmatic approach to all people and all nations.

The UK versions of nationalism could never fly here for good. Muticulturalism, immigration, and lifting that shining lamp for all are our heritage and our defining feature:

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome