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From: "Stephen Mulraney" <ataltanie@...>

> > to tie off this snarky flamebait, let me note that many people have a
> > schwa in BOTH [a]s of "America" when speaking English, or even have
> > only one ("Merr'cuh").
>
> Indeed, and the Irish for "America" is <Meiricea'> /m_jE4_jIk_jA:/
> :)

Another famous butchering of the name can be found in Arabic (and languages
like Farsi which borrowed from Arabic): _?amri:ka:_. The accented vowel in
America was lost!