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LaFollette Progress remarks in re: the Yi Jianlian question “I’m uncertain about the first syllable of your name.” Mark agrees, “How about you help us pronounce ‘Yglesias’?”

Fair enough. “Yglesias” is a regional variant (specifically from Galicia) spelling of the common Spanish surname “Iglesias” and should be pronounced just as you would “Enrique Iglesias.” In my case, I say it as a pretty heavily Anglicized ee-glay-see-as. One interesting thing about the contemporary United States, however, is that a very large proportion of the population is capable of pronouncing it in a much more authentically Spanish way, but the actual bearer of the name is not.