The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #1331046
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
18-Nov-04 - 09:50 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Perhaps (And this is mere speculation for which I have no evidence, but it certainly helps to further muddy the waters. Since when do we need evidence on the MOAB?) the original German word had an umlauted "ü" in it. Since most English speakers have a difficult time with the "ü" sound (Purse your lips like you're going to say "u", but hold your tongue like you're going to say "ee".) most German words with a "ü" get mispronounced. Whether they are mispronounced using a "long u" or a "short u" is a crapshoot and depends largely on the ability of mispronouncer A to enforce his mispronunciation upon mispronouncer B by brute force.