[DWJ] Where are we from?

Mark Allums mark at allums.com
Mon Apr 16 06:52:55 EDT 2007


Somebody said:
>>>> I bet Nacogdoches isn't!
>>> It looks hard enough to pronounce for it to have a celtic origin.  :-)
> 
> Dorian wrote:
> 
>> Unfortunately for your theory, the consonant patterns are all wrong for it
>> to be any variety of celtic.

Nacogdoches is pronounced "Na-co-do-chess".  "Na", short A-as-in-apple; 
"co", long o-as-in-odor; "do", long o-again-as-in-odor; "ches", 
ch-as-in-chimney, es-as-in-chess.  It's a Spanishised Indian name.  The 
'g' is not pronounced.

Natchitoches (Louisiana) is pronounced Nack-o-tish.  You may speculate 
on how that came about.

Texas was called "Tay-has" by the Spanish, who couldn't pronounce the 
Indian word, which would be phonetically spelled something like "Tay-shaw".


--Mark A.





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