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Personal HUGE pet peeve: the mispronounciation of "nuclear."


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#1 of 60 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted November 23 2003 - 03:16 PM

God, this bugs me! People who are in the best position to know better are constantly saying "nu-cu-lar," and it seems like pure ignorance. Michael Douglas, the producer of THE CHINA SYNDROME, pronounces it wrong about five times in that movie. The p-r-e-s-i-d-e-n-t does this. Makes me grit my teeth.

#2 of 60 OFFLINE   Ashley Seymour

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Posted November 23 2003 - 04:09 PM

[quote] The p-r-e-s-i-d-e-n-t does this. Makes me grit my teeth. [quote]

Yeah, new KEY er. That was my favorite of Jimmy Carter's enunciations. Now, Governor Arnuld will give us no end of amusing contorsions.
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#3 of 60 OFFLINE   ChrisMatson

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Posted November 23 2003 - 04:24 PM

This is like the grammar thread...sure to be divisive. Jimmy Carter pronounces it "nuculer," as Dick mentioned. The funny thing is that he is quite intelligent and served as an engineer on one of the first nuclear submarines in the Navy.

#4 of 60 OFFLINE   John Watson

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Posted November 23 2003 - 11:39 PM

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#5 of 60 OFFLINE   Jerry F

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Posted November 24 2003 - 12:07 AM

I hate this, too. My other one is "Jewlery". God help us if we ever invent nucelar jewlery. There is a prominent jeweler who has been on the radio for as long as I can remember here in Atlanta that ALWAYS says jewlery. AAGGHHH.

#6 of 60 OFFLINE   Wayne Bundrick

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Posted November 24 2003 - 02:11 AM

Hey don't make this into a Southern thing. (You may get your ass kicked.) There are plenty of words that are mangled in Chicago, New York, and Boston.
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#7 of 60 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted November 24 2003 - 02:26 AM

I'm not sure, but this may now be an accepted alternate pronunciation. Wouldn't be the first time. How many of you pronounce the first "r" in "February"? M.
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#8 of 60 OFFLINE   Ashley Seymour

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Posted November 24 2003 - 02:50 AM

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[quote] Jimmy Carter pronounces it "nuculer," as Dick mentioned. The funny thing is that he is quite intelligent and served as an engineer on one of the first nuclear submarines in the Navy. [quote]

Maybe he in improving, but over four years he was consistent, or my ears need adjusting.
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#9 of 60 OFFLINE   Tim K

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Posted November 24 2003 - 03:05 AM

Homer Simpson: "Its NUKE-U-LER....NUKE-U-LER"

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Posted November 24 2003 - 03:11 AM

Up here in NJ lots of people pronounce Washington as Warsh-ing-ton

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Posted November 24 2003 - 04:01 AM

Some of my father's mispronounciations that drive me batty:

Phil-a-del-thia (instead of Philadelphia)
chimley (instead of chimney)
mold (instead of mole, "He's got a mold on his face.")
Wal-Marts (instead of Wal-Mart, "I stopped at Wal-Marts today.")

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#12 of 60 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted November 24 2003 - 04:17 AM

I do, buddy!

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Posted November 24 2003 - 04:46 AM

I had a co-worker that would always say "last night I went to The Home Depote". You know, nothing silent, just says it. And yes, I know it is spelled Depot. Brandon

#15 of 60 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted November 24 2003 - 05:04 AM

I always call it the Home Despot....
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#16 of 60 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted November 24 2003 - 05:13 AM

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I can see where the Wal-Marts comes from. It is just a multiple referring to the many Wal-Marts nearby.

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Posted November 24 2003 - 05:21 AM

I still can't say "chevrolet"
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#18 of 60 OFFLINE   Bill Griffith

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Posted November 24 2003 - 05:46 AM

I remember living in Maine, and saying Worchester for the first time. Who the hell would think that that word is pronoucned Woo-ster, instead of War-chest-er. How the hell do you get woo out of Worche? It makes no damn sense. How about Wednesday, How many people pronounce it Wins-day as opposed to Wed-nes-day. Is it supposed to have a silent d. So how are supposed to pronounce Nuclear, Nuke-U-ler, Nuke-lee-er, or some other strange derivation.

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Posted November 24 2003 - 06:09 AM

It should be pronounced "new-klee-ar". My dictionary actually has a note saying DO NOT pronounce it "new-kyoo-lar". One that's always driven me batty even though it's acceptable (two of my dictionaries say unacceptable, the other says it is the alternate pronunciation) is "kyoo-pon" for coupon. There's just no other example of the letters "c-o-u" being pronounced "kyoo", as in "He showed substantial amounts of 'kyoo-rage' when attacked by the 'kyoo-gar'."
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Posted November 24 2003 - 06:49 AM

My family thinks I'm crazy for saying "koo-pon" but, I agree, the other way is worse.
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