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Thread #132499 Message #3993651
Posted By: Bill D
23-May-19 - 07:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
I was aware of it before I ever heard it explained. People make excuses for it and justify it in various ways, but it really wears on me.
As to usage: Certain military usages..like using 'contingency' when they mean 'contingent'... "To put down the uprising, we sent in a contingency of peace keepers." arrrgghh...
And media people who will NOT learn how celebrities pronounce their names.. It's Michael COHEN.. not 'Cone' or 'Cohn'. They are studying how to say 'Buttigieg', but can't say Cohen?
Also, media people who refuse to pronounce, as closely as possible, the names of foreign cities & countries. Some are very difficult, but Nicaragua has 4 syllables, not 5. The 'u' and 'a' are not separate syllables. Simply stating "that's how we've always said it." is not much of a defense. Yes, I'm aware my opinion is not likely to alter anyone's habits.