[DWJ] Black Maria
Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Tue Dec 12 07:08:26 EST 2017
Perhaps because it is an older English pronunciation? Shakespeare's Maria in _Twelfth Night_ is so pronounced.
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From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Catherine Butler
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:03 AM
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Black Maria
Oh yes, I've never heard the police van pronounced any other way. No doubt for that reason I have always called the character in BM "Mar-EYE-ah" too, although it also has a slightly old-fashioned feeling that suits her.
On 12 December 2017 at 11:53, Chris Cooke <cc at canteringserpent.com> wrote:
> I pronounce the police van meaning as "Mar-EYE-ah" - and that's pretty
> much the only time I pronounce Maria that way.
> ("Paint Your Wagon" rather than "West Side Story", if you like.) I
> have no idea why.
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