Date: Thu, 24 Feb 1994 07:49:14 EST From: Wayne Glowka 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 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.