Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Fifth in five

The last clue on Jeopardy! was a $2000 one in J5 - five-letter words beginning with J. The answer was junta - the contestant called it "joonta", and Alex accepted it. So I thought I'd look it up and see whether that was the preferred pronunciation. It's not - but good grief. There are seven possible pronunciations!

\ˈhntə, ˈjən-, ˈhən-, ˈhün-, ˈjn- also ˈjün- or ˈzhən- or ˈn-\

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At 9:03 PM, May 08, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

In Portuguese, "zhoon."

A "junta," at least in the Azores -- I don't know about the Mainland, but suspect the same to be the case -- is simply a local neighborhood citizens' council, nothing sinister. But the first time I saw a sign for the offices of one, I kind of freaked out, till someone explained it to me.


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