As a native Angelino and hispanohablante I die inside a little whenever I hear one of my Texan family members, friends, or co-workers mangle the Spanish language I love.
Really, given Texas’ proximity to Mexico and the large number of people of Mexican descent living there you’d think they’d be a little better at pronouncing things. If you thought that, however, you’d be disappointed.
I won’t beleaguer the point further, but living in Houston there are three names in particular that make me cringe whenever I hear them.
Spurs fans are the worst. I don’t know how supportive they are of their team, but they can’t even pronounce the name of the city they live in correctly. You don’t say San Antone, it’s San An-tone-ee-oh.
I usually hear this one in conjunction with the College of the same name. It’s a shame that an institute of higher learning can’t even be bothered to teach their students how to say their name correctly. It’s not San Jasinna and especially not San Jack. If you must say it, it’s San Ha-seen-toe.
Some of the best and biggest companies in the world have their offices on San Felipe Street in Houston. Apparently, you don’t need to be able to say the name in order to work there. The proceeding examples are bad, but neither drives me up the wall quite like San Phillippy. Please, say it with me—San Fay-lee-pay.
What words or names drive you crazy when you hear them butchered verbally? Sound off in the comments below.