Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 10:15:37 -0700
From: "A. Vine"
Subject: Re: nativisms

Larry Horn wrote:
> At 5:22 PM -0400 5/13/98, Beverly Flanigan (or someone she was quoting?)
> >>And then there's Peru, IN [pe ru], stress on first syllable; Chile, IN
> >>[chai li]; Brazil, IN [brae z[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]l], stress on first; Cairo, IL [ke ro];
> >>Milan, MN [mai l[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n], stress on first; Bellefontaine, OH, semi-calqued to
> >>'Bellefountain'....
> >>
> Upstate New Yorkers go nativist with a vengeance. The Chili that's a
> suburb of Rochester is [CHAI lai], as in "jai alai"
> Larry

"Jai alai" is regional. Folks who haven't been in the Northeast
probably haven't heard of it.