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It occurred to me today how contagiously Dutch ( = Pennsylvania Dutch = German) my town is. There have been a fair number of characters in my Spanish readings this semester with the last name "Suarez" -- a nice Spanish name. For a long time I had known that name because it was the name of one family (who didn't look or act any more Spanish than anyone else in town) whose daughters were in the band and whose parents were obsessively involved with the Band Parents association. The pronunciation I was familiar with for their last name, the way everyone always referred to them, was "Schworez," with the nice big "schw" on the beginning that made it sound just like a Dutch name.


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