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By Diogenes (articles ) | December 24, 2009 7:25 AM
Odd. The locale generally known to the anglophone world as Guantanamo now appears in the New York Times as Guantánamo. Is the added accent, one wonders, intended as a pronunciation aid to readers? Is it meant to disambiguate the site of the U.S. military installation from other Latin American cities named Guanta-NA-mo? Or is it a sly fashion statement, like a scarf worn on return from a visit abroad, indicating that the editors are, politically speaking, more cosmopolitan than thou?
The base in question, in case you missed the discussion on NPR, is located in Cúba.
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Posted by: Chestertonian -
Dec. 24, 2009 6:20 PM ET USA
I prefer Rush Limbaugh's name for the locale, based on the good living conditions provided for the detainees: Club Gitmo.
Posted by: Gil125 -
Dec. 24, 2009 3:08 PM ET USA
This is, of course, the same shmatah* that refers to "Al Quaeda in Mesopotamia", which it hasn't been since the Persian conquest---in the early centuries since Christ---at least. *For non-Yiddish speakers, that means rag.