It’s a Good Thing He Doesn’t Lisp

 

Brandon had a news conference of sorts today. It was great standup comedy though it shouldn’t have been. It was about the Omicron variant of Covid. But … was it?

Brandon started off with this line. “When I was elected, I said I would always be honest with you.”

He had me laughing from the beginning.

In the next sentence, he told us that the new variant was the OmNicron. Not Omicron. Has someone changed the Greek alphabet? Is Omicron too gender-specific or racist? With everything else these woke fools are doing, they may have. I just didn’t get the memo.

But Brandon then mispronounced it several more times in the course of his standup routine.

I know, he’s old. He’s always been mentally slow and is slower now. Crazy Brandon, right?

But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

So, I’m laughing at these people.

Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

After that, I’m just glad Brandon doesn’t have a lisp. Yet.

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  1. Jim McConnell Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    Nooooo.
    You are a bad person

    So what’s the answer? Tell me! I know the Brits say o-ME-ga, but they’re well, foreign, you see.

    I have a friend named Megan, and she insists it’s pronounced MAY-gen (soft “g”). Does that help, or confuse?

    • #31
  2. Flicker Coolidge
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    Nooooo.
    You are a bad person

    So what’s the answer? Tell me! I know the Brits say o-ME-ga, but they’re well, foreign, you see.

    The Brits (and, honestly, I love our cousins across the pond) also say ME-thane for the greenhouse gas. They can’t be trusted.

    Yeah.  And where do they get al-yew-MIN-ee-yum from?

    • #32
  3. Jim McConnell Member
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    John H. (View Comment):

    I enjoyed this post, and the comments beneath it. Also, I did listen to the link provided by @ hangon. Well, the first minute or so, just to confirm the presidential mispronunciation. For those of you who declined to click, I assure you that it is there. But I still don’t understand the title of this post. It’s all a matter of taste of course, but I would have picked “It’s A Good Thing He Doesn’t Roll His R’s.”

    Yeah, I couldn’t find anything “lisp-able,” either. But I suffered through only about the first five minutes. Seemed much longer, though.

    • #33
  4. Flicker Coolidge
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    Hang On (View Comment):

    John H. (View Comment):

    I enjoyed this post, and the comments beneath it. Also, I did listen to the link provided by @ hangon. Well, the first minute or so, just to confirm the presidential mispronunciation. For those of you who declined to click, I assure you that it is there. But I still don’t understand the title of this post. It’s all a matter of taste of course, but I would have picked “It’s A Good Thing He Doesn’t Roll His R’s.”

    If you speak any Spanish, you’d get it. It’s an urban legend that the reason the Spanish have a peculiar accent is that the King of Spain had a lisp. So everyone at court started to lisp as well.

    I once talked to an economist working out of the Spanish embassy in Bangkok, and at one point I was thrown for a loop when she started referring to Balenthia.  I wondered if that was near Mallorca, or perhaps Atlantis, because she was so clear in her pronunciation.  It was weeks later that I realized that she was saying Valencia with a true Castilian accent.

    Not like how I learned it Vene’uela.

    • #34
  5. Flicker Coolidge
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    Nooooo.
    You are a bad person

    So what’s the answer? Tell me! I know the Brits say o-ME-ga, but they’re well, foreign, you see.

    I have a friend named Megan, and she insists it’s pronounced MAY-gen (soft “g”). Does that help, or confuse?

    It confuses.  You mean MAY-zhen?  Or MAY-dgen?

    • #35
  6. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Ugh. Doctors in South Africa are saying that this is a really mild variant. Naturally, our Ruling Class will amp up the fear and use it as an excuse to lock us all down again.

    So, this is basically a sales pitch for getting the V-A-X. That’s all this is.

    Billions for Pfizer.

    Do your duty and get your shots! Get your boosters! Jab your children! Vaccinate the world! Real billionaires with multiple boats need your compliance!

    Ugh, this is flat-out propaganda.

    And, last I heard, South Africa was reporting that it didn’t originate there, it was brought in by tourists. I don’t remember where they tourists came from.

    Delaware

    • #36
  7. Hang On Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    John H. (View Comment):

    I enjoyed this post, and the comments beneath it. Also, I did listen to the link provided by @ hangon. Well, the first minute or so, just to confirm the presidential mispronunciation. For those of you who declined to click, I assure you that it is there. But I still don’t understand the title of this post. It’s all a matter of taste of course, but I would have picked “It’s A Good Thing He Doesn’t Roll His R’s.”

    If you speak any Spanish, you’d get it. It’s an urban legend that the reason the Spanish have a peculiar accent is that the King of Spain had a lisp. So everyone at court started to lisp as well.

    I once talked to an economist working out of the Spanish embassy in Bangkok, and at one point I was thrown for a loop when she started referring to Balenthia. I wondered if that was near Mallorca, or perhaps Atlantis, because she was so clear in her pronunciation. It was weeks later that I realized that she was saying Valencia with a true Castilian accent.

    Not like how I learned it Vene’uela.

    First time I went to Spain, the border official started talking to me in Spanish asking if I had anything to declare and I started laughing. He asked what was so funny and I explained I was a Nordoamericano used to Mexican Spanish. He just waved me on.

    • #37
  8. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    O-MAGA 

    • #38
  9. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    O-MAGA

    Sorry, hadn’t read #19 yet.  

    • #39
  10. Flicker Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    O-MAGA

    Sorry, hadn’t read #19 yet.

    You still thought of it, right?

    • #40
  11. kedavis Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    O-MAGA

    Sorry, hadn’t read #19 yet.

    You still thought of it, right?

    I’m sure he likes to think so. :-)

    • #41
  12. The Scarecrow Thatcher
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    Nooooo.
    You are a bad person

    So what’s the answer? Tell me! I know the Brits say o-ME-ga, but they’re well, foreign, you see.

    The Brits (and, honestly, I love our cousins across the pond) also say ME-thane for the greenhouse gas. They can’t be trusted.

    Yeah. And where do they get al-yew-MIN-ee-yum from?

    I think they get it from the convention of ending names of elements with the min-EE-yum pronunciation. For some reason Americans dropped the EE syllable only in Aluminum – we don’t say Magnesum, or Berillum, or Unobtainum.

    McWhorter probably has the details.

    • #42
  13. Percival Thatcher
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    OmNicron sounds like a Marvel super-villain. Didn’t he face off against Spider-Man and the Silver Surfer?

    • #43
  14. Flicker Coolidge
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    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    Nooooo.
    You are a bad person

    So what’s the answer? Tell me! I know the Brits say o-ME-ga, but they’re well, foreign, you see.

    The Brits (and, honestly, I love our cousins across the pond) also say ME-thane for the greenhouse gas. They can’t be trusted.

    Yeah. And where do they get al-yew-MIN-ee-yum from?

    I think they get it from the convention of ending names of elements with the min-EE-yum pronunciation. For some reason Americans dropped the EE syllable only in Aluminum – we don’t say Magnesum, or Berillum, or Unobtainum.

    McWhorter probably has the details.

    Do they say Chrysanthem-ee-yum, too?  But I see your point.  They do pronounce erudite er-yew-dite.

    • #44
  15. Buckpasser Member
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    Let’s Go Brandon!

    • #45
  16. Vince Guerra Member
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    Hang On: “When I was elected, I said I would always be honest with you.”

    Two zingers right there. Almost as ridiculous as people our side believing either. 

     

    • #46
  17. BDB Coolidge
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    To be fair, our limey cousins also spell aluminum different.  They pronounce it the way we would, if only the spelt it right.

    • #47
  18. Headedwest Coolidge
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Hang On: “When I was elected, I said I would always be honest with you.”

    Two zingers right there. Almost as ridiculous as people our side believing either.

    Maybe he said it. He didn’t mean it.

    • #48
  19. James Lileks Contributor
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    Omnicron. Okay. That would be six minutes on the next Saturday Night Live. 

    I appreciate that he said was cause for concern, not panic, and that there is no need for lockdowns. Good.  The rest of the media will probably take note and go along, and find something else to hype – say, “The GOP believes the Omicron is a liberal plot to return to mail-in ballots for the 2022 midterms,” or something. Once GOP overreach and pouncing and seizing is sufficient, the smart set will drop OMG DEATH VARIANT and move to wry, withering, pithy jibes at the GOP MELTDOWN, or something. Bonus: when you engage with someone who’s still in 02/20 neurotic panic mode, you can ask “don’t you believe the science? Don’t you believe Joe Biden?” 

    • #49
  20. Eeyore Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    Ugh. Doctors in South Africa are saying that this is a really mild variant. Naturally, our Ruling Class will amp up the fear and use it as an excuse to lock us all down again.

    So, this is basically a sales pitch for getting the V-A-X. That’s all this is.

    Billions for Pfizer.

    Do your duty and get your shots! Get your boosters! Jab your children! Vaccinate the world! Real billionaires with multiple boats need your compliance!

    Ugh, this is flat-out propaganda.

    And, last I heard, South Africa was reporting that it didn’t originate there, it was brought in by tourists. I don’t remember where they tourists came from.

    Obviously it had to originate in Trumpistan, like all things evil.

    • #50
  21. Steven Seward Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    Nooooo.
    You are a bad person

    So what’s the answer? Tell me! I know the Brits say o-ME-ga, but they’re well, foreign, you see.

    The Brits (and, honestly, I love our cousins across the pond) also say ME-thane for the greenhouse gas. They can’t be trusted.

    Brits also can’t pronounce the letter “R” when it a appears before a vowel or at the end of a word.

    • #51
  22. Steven Seward Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Omnicron. Okay. That would be six minutes on the next Saturday Night Live.

    I appreciate that he said was cause for concern, not panic, and that there is no need for lockdowns. Good. The rest of the media will probably take note and go along, and find something else to hype – say, “The GOP believes the Omicron is a liberal plot to return to mail-in ballots for the 2022 midterms,” or something. Once GOP overreach and pouncing and seizing is sufficient, the smart set will drop OMG DEATH VARIANT and move to wry, withering, pithy jibes at the GOP MELTDOWN, or something. Bonus: when you engage with someone who’s still in 02/20 neurotic panic mode, you can ask “don’t you believe the science? Don’t you believe Joe Biden?”

    I think the whole press conference was a safe way of putting our  President-in-hiding out there amid criticism that he doesn’t do interviews or press conferences.  This way he doesn’t have to answer any real political questions, which would have been catastrophic..  But he still manages to flub it up.

    • #52
  23. Stad Coolidge
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    OmNicron is the new nucular.

    It’s like “Corps” with a hard P . . .

    • #53
  24. Jager Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):
    Ugh. Doctors in South Africa are saying that this is a really mild variant. Naturally, our Ruling Class will amp up the fear and use it as an excuse to lock us all down again.

    If the reporting from South Africa is right, this is more contagious but you don’t get as sick. 

    It seems to me that this is what is both expected as the virus mutates over time and what we want. 

    Bring Covid back down to a easy to catch common cold. 

    • #54
  25. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    Jager (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):
    Ugh. Doctors in South Africa are saying that this is a really mild variant. Naturally, our Ruling Class will amp up the fear and use it as an excuse to lock us all down again.

    If the reporting from South Africa is right, this is more contagious but you don’t get as sick.

    It seems to me that this is what is both expected as the virus mutates over time and what we want.

    Bring Covid back down to a easy to catch common cold.

    This is what many actual experts in virology were saying 18 months ago. That it would mutate until it was just a mild cold, and then join our other four or five regularly circulating coronaviruses. Someone should tell Mr. I AM SCIENCE what the actual science is.

    • #55
  26. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Hang On:

    But then Brandon calls on St. Anthony to make a pronouncement. And St. Anthony pronounces it OmNicron as well.

    What? Is dementia catchable? Evidently.

    So, I’m laughing at these people.

    Then, Brandon allows certain members of the press sycophancy in a no doubt pre-rehearsed manner to ask questions. And sure enough, it’s OmNicron again.

    I saw the presser and had a good chuckle at this. I’m guessing they were trying to cover for FJBs gaffe … make it seem like Omni-cron is the correct pronunciation.

    Which is too bad, because I’m trying to decide on the actual correct pronunciation. Is it “Oh – mi- cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omega? Or is it “Ah – mi – cron”? With the ‘O’ pronounced like the ‘O’ in Omni?

    Yes, but in Omega pronounced oh-ME-ga or oh-MAY-ga?

    Nooooo.
    You are a bad person

    So what’s the answer? Tell me! I know the Brits say o-ME-ga, but they’re well, foreign, you see.

    The Brits (and, honestly, I love our cousins across the pond) also say ME-thane for the greenhouse gas. They can’t be trusted.

    Yeah. And where do they get al-yew-MIN-ee-yum from?

    I think they get it from the convention of ending names of elements with the min-EE-yum pronunciation. For some reason Americans dropped the EE syllable only in Aluminum – we don’t say Magnesum, or Berillum, or Unobtainum.

    McWhorter probably has the details.

    As I recall, the British wrote to their American colleagues about the discovery of a new element and accidentally misspelled it, leaving out the I in the last syllable.  The Americans took their best guess at pronouncing it.  I suppose by the time the error was discovered, no one was willing to change how they were spelling and pronouncing it.

    • #56
  27. JustmeinAZ Member
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):
    Brits also can’t pronounce the letter “R” when it a appears before a vowel or at the end of a word.

    Ha. Neither can Rhode Islanders. I needed a translator when I lived there.

    • #57
  28. Steven Seward Member
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):
    Brits also can’t pronounce the letter “R” when it a appears before a vowel or at the end of a word.

    Ha. Neither can Rhode Islanders. I needed a translator when I lived there.

    Neither can my brother-in-law.  And he’s from Cleveland!

    • #58
  29. LibertyDefender Member
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):
    Brits also can’t pronounce the letter “R” when it a appears before a vowel or at the end of a word.

    Before a vowel?

    • #59
  30. Flicker Coolidge
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    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):
    Brits also can’t pronounce the letter “R” when it a appears before a vowel or at the end of a word.

    Before a vowel?

    The Bwitish nevuh pwonounce awwas eithuh befaw vowels aw at the end of a word.  It’s just how they woll.

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