Definitions starting with M

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/mayáma/ [from an older Floridian pro-nunciation losing ground to /mayámiy/; cf. ADD -y] n. Miami (Florida): 1936 Muh brudder Rufus . . .jus' cum from Miamuh wid he head full o' Floridy stuff an he pocket full o' greenback (Dupuch 89).

◊ The first syllable is sometimes construed as a possessive by children and purportedly also by Out Islanders: "I'm going to Miami." "Where your ami is?" (Nassau).

Tags: geography, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-11 22:28
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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