Date: Wed, 23 Feb 1994 18:42:00 EST

From: "Dennis.Preston" 22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.BITNET

Subject: Re: [u]/[ju] in Houston

Buena Vista, IN (bet you can't find it on a map) is also pronounced [byuna

vIsta] (read schwa for a) and comes with a folk etymological narrative. It is

said that the local priest (who, of course, knew Latin) gave the community

this Latin name for 'pleasant view.' The Mexican-American War naming fetish

apparently left no folk memory (even though there is a Saltilloville-you can

guess the pronunciation) not far away.

Dennis Preston