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 Post subject: "N'awlins"
New postPosted: July 26th, 2012, 9:47 am 
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I've been researching for the new book and came across the first use of "N'awlins" in a Times-Picayune article in 1919. The next in 1921, then 1924, 1931, 1944, and then fairly regularly from there on out. And to think that for all these years I've been blaming Frank Davis for this atrocity.

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 Post subject: Re: "N'awlins"
New postPosted: July 26th, 2012, 11:19 am 
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Hey Lake,

It's still an atrocity, and I still blame Frank Davis for popularizing and perpetuating it.

Also I hafta say I am continually impressed by your scholarship and research results into local NooAWleeyunz history.


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 Post subject: Re: "N'awlins"
New postPosted: July 26th, 2012, 10:41 pm 
N'Awlinz = nails on a blackboard!

My parents used the three-syllable version: "Noo Awl-yunz."

NPR political commentator Cokie Roberts (daughter of Lindy Boggs) does a weird diphthong in the first syllable of "Orleans," pronouncing it "Oi-yunz." I had an aunt who said it that way too.

Young New Orleanians seem to use more R-coloring than older generations, saying "Noo Or-linz," or "Noo Or-lee-unz."


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