Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 15:08:49 -0400 From: "Peter L. Patrick" Subject: Re: Hotlanta I moved to Athens in 1974, and we used "Hotlanta" pretty freely, both enviously (cause Athens was not) and also ironically, later when we got all sophisticated. I agree with Bethany but also think it could be pronounced without either "t" being realized as a /t/, something like: glottal stop - schwa - L - ae - nasal flap - schwa for the "Atlanta" regular version, and for "Hotlanta": h - a - glottal stop - L - ae - nasal flap -schwa I don't remember any special link with gay bars or discos, but do remember the notion being linked with the Underground. I suggest checking Creative Loafing or the earlier alternative rag Great Speckled Bird, if anyone can find copies... --peter patrick