Friday, October 3, 2008

How do you say...

Ok so I missed the VP debates last night because we started having small group at our house on Thursday. I know, I know. On Thursday night? That's like the best TV night ever. I know. But the Lord does what he wants to when he wants to right. It was a good night. We're studying James. Other than Romans, it's probably the most convicting book in the Bible. Sheesh!

Anyway, I caught a little bit of the replay last night as I was flipping through the channels, trying to find a suitable program to fall asleep to. I hit CSPAN. Ding Ding! This is sure for a snooze. However, I actually found myself listening somewhat intently. Both sides made good points and at one point I found myself wondering why Joe Biden was even on the same ticket as Obama. It just doesn't make sense.

Anyway, as the topics quickly changed from same-sex marriage to the Middle East and nuclear warfare, I found myself a little annoyed.

I love Sarah Palin. Please know that upfront. I don't care if she doesn't know it all. No one does. And I think she is the only person in this race who actually does pretend like she does. That's the great thing about her. She's got just enough experience for me and more than enough experience in other things (oil) than anyone else in this race.

However, it annoyed me a little when she would pronounce "nuclear" as "noo-cue-lar" and not "new-clear". So does the W. I just don't get it.

So I began to ponder, how do you say this word? Surely, it is not "noo-cue-lar".

So I looked it up. Yes, my friends, But to my surprise. It is listed both ways. Here is what lists as it's pronunciation note:

—Pronunciation note: In pronouncing nuclear, the second and third syllables are most commonly said as [-klee-er], a sequence of sounds that directly reflects the spelled sequence ‑cle·ar. In recent years, a somewhat controversial pronunciation has come to public attention, with these two final syllables said as [-kyuh-ler]. Since [-klee-er], the common pronunciation of ‑cle·ar, might also be represented, broadly, as [-kluh-yer], the [-kyuh-ler] pronunciation can be seen as coming from a process of metathesis, in which the [l] and the [y] change places. The resulting pronunciation is reinforced by analogy with such words as molecular, particular, and muscular, and although it occurs with some frequency among highly educated speakers, including scientists, professors, and government officials, it is disapproved of by many.

There you have it.

So my question is, how do YOU say it? I'm taking a poll. Vote at the top right. I want to see if there really is a distinct difference. And I also just wanted to try making a poll. Check back for results soon!

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