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    In my spouse's family, they went from Italian-speaking (well ... a dialect thereof) to English-only in a single generation. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren today speak and understand only English.

    The second and third generations were all given typical American names. Several in the fourth generation (my kid included) have been given beautiful Italian first and middle names -- to match the many vowels of the last name.

    There is little stigma anymore ... or there wasn't till those Jersey Shore kids came along.  ;)

    •  My mother's family dropped the final vowel (1+ / 0-)
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      of their name, Barra became Barr. I gave my son an Italian middle name, Gino, which is what all his friends call him.

      I never did like the Flintstones because I thought maybe "Yogi Bear" was subtly dissing Yogi Berra. vbg

      To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut: Pure joy is waking up one morning to realize that your high school class will NOT be running the country for the next four years.

      by ebrann on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 04:27:40 PM PST

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