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angelino (fro the l.a. people)


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Jul 28, 2003
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this thread will get zero responses but i just want to rant. there is a misconception that someone from los angeles is an "angeleno". the correct spelling is angelino.

i never thought much about this, but today i noticed there is a magazine called "angeleno", and for some reason it is annoying me. apparently there is some controversy over this, and i found a couple of web pages where people who do not speak spanish, but live in angelino heights, are discussing which is the correct term.

"You say Angelino, I say Angeleno

It seems by all accounts that the area was first subdivided and named as Angeleno Heights in 1886. The Editor of the Los Angeles Garment & Citizen said in response to a January 2007 letter from a reader on this very topic that oftentimes names were Anglicized, and that people such as himself preferred to use the traditional "e" spelling as reference to the name Los Angeles and as a stylistic choice. The conflation is understandable; frequently in print many people today remain divided over the proper use of the term Angeleno or Angelino to denote a residential affiliation with the City of Los Angeles, so the confusion here seems par for the course."
i don't see why people would be divided over this. how can you defend a spelling which is quite simply wrong? these must be the same people who call san pedro "san PEEdro."

quite simply, there is no such thing as an angeleño. the word does not exist. second, if it did exist (which it does not), the correct pronunciation would be ahn-hell-en-yo. to pronounce it as "an-jel-EE-no" is as irritating as when people say "hawl-ah-PEE-no".

i have gone so far as to send a message to the laweekly about this, telling them to please enlighten the masses. they said they would.

end rant.

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