In the short story eveline HOW  is BUENOS AYERS SPELLED?THERE ARE 2 WAYS IT IS SPELLED BUENOS AYERS OR BUENOS AIRES.WHICH ONE?

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In the text of the short story "Eveline," by James Joyce the name of the city is always spelled "Buenos Ayres."  The name occurs three times and is spelled this way each time.

The correct spelling of the name of the city (in modern times) is, however, "Buenos Aires."  "Ayres" is not a word in modern Spanish where as "Aires" means "airs" or probably better in this context, "breezes."

Apparently, the name of the city was spelled "Ayres" (at least by English people) in the early 1900s when Joyce was writing.