Date: Thu, 24 Feb 1994 07:49:14 EST
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
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.
Wasted away again in Saltilloville,
Looking for my lost shaker of Salt
Wayne Glowka (with no stories about Buena Vista, AL, except that there is
some kind of country "nightclub" (term used by visiting scholar from China
at our own Cowboy Bill's) there.