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Actually, it's pretty clear that in AmE "Hispanic" has been ... a while, rather like "Oriental" disappeared in favor of "Asian".

Maybe so, but Google shows 107,000,000 for "Hispanic" and 85,300,000 for "Latino".

The "losing out" is not at all apparent here in Florida where a large portion of the population is Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican and Central American. I don't see or hear "Latino" used at all. Certainly the newspapers don't use that term.
"Hispanic" is firmly entrenched as the word of choice.

Tony Cooper
Orlando, FL
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The "losing out" is not at all apparent here in Florida where a large portion of the population is Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican and Central American. I don't see or hear "Latino" used at all. Certainly the newspapers don't use that term.

Curious, Coop. I wonder whether that has anything to do with the uniquely large Cuban portion of the Hispanic population in Florida, who might want to emphasize their connections with Spanish culture and deemphasize their connections with the rest of Latin America? Just speculation.

Salvatore Volatile
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Actually, it's pretty clear that in AmE "Hispanic" has been ... a while, rather like "Oriental" disappeared in favor of "Asian".

Maybe so, but Google shows 107,000,000 for "Hispanic" and 85,300,000 for "Latino".

That's just the males. There's another 144,000,000 for "Latina".

I get equal results for "Hispanics" and "Latinos", FWLTW.

Salvatore Volatile
"A hysterectomy" seems okay. Not "a historical occasion. It's something ... strongly, i can see how it would seem natural.

Is the first syllable of hysterectomy really much more accented than that of historical?

I think it is. There's only one accent in "historical", and it's on the second syllable. In "hysterectomy" the main stress is on the third syllable, but there's at least a secondary stress on the first syllable - and arguably the first and third are stressed equally.
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Jonathan
Now i'm going to be hyperconscious whenever any of these come up.

Is that going to make you a hyperconscious person or an... ?

This thread has got me like trying to analyse how I walk - think about it too much and I'll fall over.
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Jonathan
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Didn't know it was possible even in a text editor. You astound me.

I thought it was. What is astounding to me is that long lists of keyboard alt codes for diacritical, foreign, ... the newsgroup form, but it seems it's no good because some people's systems are primative. Here's a Sanscrit character: <à¥[/nq]
I see something a rather complex character, somewhat similar to a Chinese one. Is that it? It looks like a big capital T with a backwards c on one side and what resembles a small lowered t on the other side something like that.

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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I normally say "an herb" or "an honor", where the is commonly dropped. Before most words i would ... I would not say "an husband" or "an house", a form of dropping i associate with some British speakers.

Note that (AIUI) the silent "h" in herb was lost in the UK in about the 1920s, about the same time the Americans dropped the "i" in aluminium.
Didn't know it was possible even in a text editor. You astound me.

I thought it was. What is astounding to me is that long lists of keyboard alt codes for diacritical, foreign, ... the newsgroup form, but it seems it's no good because some people's systems are primative. Here's a Sanscrit character: <à¥[/nq]
Not even in UTF-8.

Rob Bannister
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I thought it was. What is astounding to me is ... some people's systems are primative. Here's a Sanscrit character: <à¥[/nq]
I see something a rather complex character, somewhat similar to a Chinese one. Is that it? It looks like ... backwards c on one side and what resembles a small lowered t on the other side something like that.

I can see the same character that Skitt sees.
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