Ridicule

The MSNBC anchor on Morning Joe keeps asking the Democratic organizers they’ve got on about the attempts of the Republicans to ridicule the democrats for the setup for Obama’s talk tonight.

Problem is, she keeps pronouncing it wrong.

rih DICK ool

Like “ridiculous” shortened but with no changes in emphasis.

Sometimes these people can be so AB cerd.

Comments

  1. #1 lylebot
    August 28, 2008

    That’s bizarre. Maybe the similarity between “ridicule” and “ridiculous” somehow kept her from ever making the connection between the word spelled “ridicule” and the word pronounced “RI-di-kyul”?

  2. #2 Virgil Samms
    August 28, 2008

    That sounds ridiculous alright.

  3. #3 Sodding Wick
    August 28, 2008

    There’s no IQ test for newsblatherers.

  4. #4 SimonG
    August 28, 2008

    Probably just trying to show solidarity with the present encumbant.

  5. #5 Mimi
    August 28, 2008

    Wow. This hurt my head.

  6. #6 Jake
    August 28, 2008

    I don’t know if you get the CBC in Minnesota (I imagine you don’t), but they have a chronic problem with this sort of thing. I long ago concluded that there was a company policy that dictated putting the emPHAsis on the wrong syLAble on specific words, because it’s too consistent across announcer/anchor/correspondent/whatever to be coincidence. It’s damned annoying.

  7. #7 Romeo Vitelli
    August 28, 2008

    The strange thing about language is that you are free to mispronounce words all you like so long as you get enough people to do the same thing. Then it stops being a mispronunciation and becomes part of a “dialect”. Such is evolution.

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