...you just can't tell them much. *ba-dump chik!*
Wait, no, that's not what I meant to post.
I was just listening to one of the archived shows of Open Air with Cheri Huber
, and the host was talking with one of the monks about upcoming events. The monk, who I know from past discussions is originally from the South, mentioned a retreat that was coming up, which would be held in northern California, "in... san ra-fai-ELL
, is it?"
"In san ruh-FELL
, yes," said the host.
Heh. We may have a lot of towns and geographical features with Spanish names around here, but we are hella lazy-tongued about pronouncing them. Los Gatos becomes luss GAD-uss
, for example, and San Rafael becomes the aforementioned san ruh-FELL
Additional hint for out-of-towners who want to be less immediately recognizable as such: the town of Concord is pronounced like "conquered", not like the grape.