Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 13:46:58 -0400
From: Larry Horn
Subject: Re: nativisms

At 10:15 AM -0700 5/15/98, A. Vine wrote:
>Larry Horn wrote:
>> 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.

Well, I suspect those who've been to the Basque Country have. But it's
"the fastest game on Earth", and a good excuse for public gambling in these
parts (before the more recent reservation casino trend). The local
pronunication is bi-, rather than tri-, syllabic, essentially High Life
without the f.
I know, I know, folks who don't drink beer haven't heard of THAT.