Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 22:38:22 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: /kup/'s in Detroit And who would cringe at what the French (later Americans) did to Marquette's 'MOINGOUENA' placed beside a couple of tipis on his map? Later maps had 'des moines' with no -g- in French. What's there to cringe about? Cringing itself? DE-troit follows the Germanic Stress Pattern, and D[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]-TROit follows Romance. Is that the quibble, or should Americans have retained the French rendering of -oi-? The people in Versailles, Missouri, are chastized for not following the French pronunciation, but their forebears named the town for Versailles, Kentucky -- so I guess it's the Kentuckians who're to blame, unless there's also a Versailles, Virginia, to carry that burden. Place names are fun. DMLance