On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Kyla Tornheim kyla at merlin.sccs.swarthmore.edu
Wed Mar 5 09:22:59 EST 2003

On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, johanna wrote:

> > By the way, since my earlier email I looked up Black Maria in Brewer's
> > Phrase and Fable and it claims that it's actually an American (United
> > States of) expression anyway, originating in Boston (Mass, not Lincs).
> > So presumably it would be well known there.
> Uh. Not by me, although that doesn't mean anything... will be curious to
> see what other US folks here say. I hope I'm not the only ignorant one. :)

You're not. And I'm *from* Boston--okay, well, suburbs, but except for my
four years of college I've always been here. And is the expression you're
talking about the police vans or the card game?

IIRC, the reason I pronounce Maria "mah-RYE-uh" in that book is because
the pronunciation is mentioned in the book.

The object of war is not to die for your country but
to make the other bastard die for his.
       --Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

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