Date: Tue, 3 Oct 1995 08:21:56 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: 'chili' or 'chile' > >I personally always say 'chili' (chilly) in English and 'chile' (CHEE-lay) >in Spanish for everything - the pepper, the dried powder, the dish (whether >soupy or thick, with (ugh!) or without (yum!) beans, etc.... I use these >pronunciations regardless of spelling. > >Of course, there are North and South Chili ('chay-lie') New York (outside >Rochester), but that is another matter. > >Dennis Preston (not a southwestern dialectologist) >preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]> I am from Texas, but I may not be too savvy. However, I think that I observe the English/Spanish distinction Dennis noted above. The real question, of course, is what goes into the Texan soup. I went to a chili cookoff/fiddle contest in San Marcos, TX, once. I saw a guy flay a rattlesnake. One chili was called "outhouse chili" and had sow/pill/doodle bugs in it. I did not necessarily see an appetizing array of things to eat. I pitied the judges. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]