Thursday, April 17, 2008

You say Lima, I say Lima

In a recent story about National Guard units to Iraq, you mentioned the "LEE-ma" company. Shouldn't that be "LYE-ma"?

--Gene from Oxford

[Cleve Callison replies:
We puzzled about that too, but the Associated Press gave the pronunciation we used. We checked into the matter and found out that the company is from Columbus and has no connection to the Ohio city pronounced LYE-ma. It takes its name from the military alphabet, which uses LEE-ma, the same pronunciation as the capital of Peru (and that's per-OO the country, not PEE-roo Indiana].


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