Originally Posted by dianaofburlingt
And there is the 'Turks-and-CAKE-ohs' (common) vis 'Turks-and-Cay-EE-sos' (linguistically correct) debate....
I'm curious. It would be linguistically correct in what language?
I thought Caicos was a Spanish corruption of a native Indian word so if using the Spanish pronunciation the ai would be a dipthong pronounced approximately like "aye" with a little more "e" sound at the end so CAYE cos.
Since the Spanish wiped out all the Indians in that part of the islands there's no one around to express an opinion on their pronunciation.
When I was there everyone I met said KAY cos.
Here's another one. The island of Antigua
, Spanish word meaning old, pronounced anTEEgwa. But everyone I've met that lives there says anTEEguh