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Nuclear vs. Nucular(13 posts)

Nuclear vs. Nucularrideslikeagirl
May 13, 2002 1:29 PM
Okay, does drive anyone else nuts that people mis-pronounce nuclear?

Good ol' GB himself screwed up this morning! Sheesh!!
and JimmyDougSloan
May 13, 2002 1:38 PM
Jimmy Carter messed that one up all the time, and he was a nucular scientist or something like that.

You never know, it might be on porpoise.

Oh, that's actually ok with me, but it drives me nuts when people leave subjects out of their sentences. :-)

Doug
But then Jimmyxxll
May 13, 2002 2:08 PM
was intelligent and it wasn't a chronic mispronunciation problem.
Let me be pacific.IAM
May 13, 2002 11:11 PM
Okay but only if I can be Atlantic. The word you are searching for is specific!

Also, George has another good one. I can never figure out who this Tara girl is, oh maybe he is trying to say terror.

Many people seem very lazy in their pronunciation of the english language these days, I hope this will pass but it seems to be getting worse. Although it may be cool to axe someone a question it drives me nuts.

I must be getting old or maybe I'm still afraid of my 5th grade teacher( she was a horrible old witch ) who would have twisted my ear if I talked like that.
people poke fun at those they don't likeDougSloan
May 14, 2002 5:57 AM
There are many regional ways of speaking in the U.S. Contrast the Kennedys, Carter, Bush, LBJ, just to name a few politicians. It seems some come out of the woodwork to criticize those presidents they don't like, when speech of other presidents they do like are ignored (or at least not criticized). I think when you criticize or poke fun, you reveal more about yourself than the target.

Doug
Is mispronunciation regional?jtolleson
May 14, 2002 6:39 AM
As an native of Arkansas, I can tell you that neither I nor any of my relatives from my much-maligned home state mispronounce "nuclear."

This isn't an issue of accent a la John Kennedy or LBJ... it is a simple mispronunciation. And lest you think I'm being partisan, BOTH George and Jimmy sound like dorks when they do it.
okDougSloan
May 14, 2002 6:55 AM
Good points. The "nucular" pronunciation sort of bothered me, too, but even more so with Jimmy, since that was his field.

I think there may be some regional mispronunciation, too. I think some areas are more lax about these things, to the extent it's almost expected (with a great deal of exceptions, though).

If you were a native of Missouri, which I am, you would be expected to say "Mizurah", not "Mizuree". Both my parents say it that way, but I refuse. Where the heck does the "...ah" come from?

I'd bet there are words that all of us, some more than others, mispronounce; think about how you pronounce these (a list I found); are you "correct" with every one of them all the time (I'm not)?

accidentally [al is often omitted]
athletic [e is often wrongly added- atheletic]
arctic [c is often omitted]
boundary [ a is often omitted]
candidate [d is often omitted]
children [ re is often reversed- childern]
disastrous [e is often wrongly added- disasterous]
everybody [ y is often omitted]
generally [ e is often omitted]
government [ n is often omitted]
hundred [re is often reversed- hunderd]
words ending in ing such as working [g is often omitted]
history [ o is often omitted]
laboratory [ o is often omitted]
liable [ a is often omitted]
library [ r is often omitted]
literature [ a is often omitted]
occasionally [ al is often omitted]
prefer [re is often reversed- perfer]
preserve [re is often reversed- perserve]
probably [ ba is often omitted]
strictly [ t is often omitted]
surprise [ r is often omitted]
temperature [a is often omitted]
usually [ u is often omitted ]

Doug
Here's one of my faves...jtolleson
May 14, 2002 12:15 PM
Realtor. Reel-a-tor

argh!
not to be confused with...DougSloan
May 14, 2002 1:26 PM
"relator" - one who relates something
But GB Junior makes it so EASYColnagoFE
May 14, 2002 9:27 AM
http://slate.msn.com/?id=76886
This type of stuff has become so tediousLO McDuff
May 14, 2002 10:00 AM
I don't mean on this board, but throughout the country/media in general. Yes, we've been hearing Bush/dim bulb jokes and examples for almost two years now. Even Leno, Letterman, and SNL are recycling the same type of jokes.

Who cares how Bush pronounces nuclear. Ya ever hear how a "Philadulphyun" pronounces water? (Well, except youse guys on the Main Line). Let's get a new schtick.
War on Tara. Gone with the Wind? nmBrooks
May 14, 2002 10:23 AM
Its a Texis thangfirstrax
May 14, 2002 6:15 AM