Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Say it! NOO-CLEE-AR

You thought people started going ballistic about NEW-CU-LAR in response to the fact that our 43rd President couldn't pronounce it, didn't you? I've got news for you. My Uncle Sandy was going ballistic about that in the Reagan era. I'm not sure my cousins said it wrong more than once or twice, but I lived in Lower Alabama and my edumacation would lapse in between visits.

My gram taught everything. There was literally not a subject in K-12 that she could not or did not teach. When I lived with her and she corrected me on something, I'd always shoot back "You're not an English teacher!" because she wasn't teaching English that year. I'll be damned if I can remember one of the things she corrected me on.

Nuclear? Well, I'm sure Uncle Sandy never ACTUALLY whapped me upside the head when I pronounced it like an ignorant piece of trash, but that might have been kinder. There was something about his "You. Know. Better." way of correcting you that both made you feel really bright and really stupid at the same time. And to this day, I prounounce it correctly. He would be VERY sad to know that NEW-CU-LAR is officially an alternate pronunciation in this world.

2 comments:

Noelle said...

I don't think I ever said it wrong.. heheh.. :)

Itty Bitty Crazy said...

Amen, Amen, Amen, Sister.

As you know, I have ranted about this already, here:

http://www.ittybittycrazy.com/imported-data/2009/9/4/divided-by-a-common-language-lesson-time.html

Uncle Sandy was clearly blessed with that particular type of intelligence that enables true wittiness, like the inimitable Mr Stephen Fry.

Long may you treasure memories of him. Sandy that is, not Stephen. Unless of course you start following him on twitter or reading his blogs and you love them and then maybe that will also be a good memory and...

I'll just stop now, shall I?