Obama mispronounced the word "Orion"

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  1. BigBossman

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    I was watching either Hannity or O'Reilly Factor (I don't remember which one I saw it on) last night & it was reported that Obama mispronounced the word Orion. In the video exerpt that was played he pronounced it as "O'ree'un".

    Anytime Bush mispronounced something the media was all over it. I also remember when Dan Quayle misspelled potatoe. Where were they this time?
     
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    I don't know this positively, but considering the spelling of the name, that's probably close (closer, anyway) to its original pronounciation. So many names and words have been anglicized that some of us tend to think it took centuries before anybody got it 'right.'

    LOL That was on purpose-- right?
     
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    I was just pointing out that the media jumped all over it when it happened. I wonder what happened to the kid that corrected him. :laugh: No one really knows.
     
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    Friends don't rat out friends according to their flaws. Ridicule is used by those lacking 'class' against their enemies over petty things...... That's why.
     
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    FTR, Vice President Dan Quayle did not misspell "potatoe" at all.

    Nor was the word even misspelled by anyone, although "potatoe" is a rarely used, and generally obsolete variant spelling of "potato" these days.

    The word was spelled as "potatoe" on the 'cheat-sheet' flash cards the Vice-President was reading from.

    The person I would like to meet is the individual who had so much time on his or her hands that they were able to find any recent use of that variant. Or were they simply so careless (or such a poor speller) as to choose this, in the first place, as the case may have been?

    How often any President may have pronounced or mispronounced something is another matter, entirely. I would suggest that few, if any, Presidents in recent memory have been as 'glib' as was President Ronald Reagan, in his public speaking ability. Certainly President George W. Bush was not that accomplished, nor were any other Presidents for at least the last 40 years, IMO. And I also see little to suggest that President Barack Obama will dethrone President Reagan from that perch, anytime soon.

    FTR, had Sen. McCain been elected as President in the stead of Pres. Obama, he also would have been highly unlikely to have supplanted President Reagan in this regard, IMO.

    Ed
     
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    New York Times "How Do You Spell Regret?"
     
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    I love the way Mr. Obama pronounces "Taliban."

    Tal-eee-bon.

    Eee as in eel. Bon as in bonbon.
     
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    We all have our accents and I hope they are never lost. It would be terrible if we all ended up with the mid-western nothing accent.

    At least the Bushisms of the last eight years gave us all, well at least some of us, chuckles.

    Bush not only mispronounced words, he murdered the grammar and made verbs out of nouns. Of course the cartoonists loved his making verbs out of nouns as it gave them material for their cartoons.

    No one is perfect, aint't [sic] that rite [sic]?
     
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    Many a chuckle I got over Bush's use of language. I often thought 'some of this comes too easy..... like its more of his personality instead of conforming to rules of literacy." Indeed, in most every case I knew what the man was saying whether he messed up the words or not. ......It was so funny to me how he mussed up that 'fool me once shame on......' I bet to this day, if writing it out.....he could put it down correctly..... but if asked to repeat what he'd written..... he'd still mess up!

    While I'm always open to improvement and feel most anyone can change a bad habit of mis-use or mis-pronouciation of words.... if they want to...... by the time one hits about thirty-ish or so..... they have changed what they wanted to and kept the rest....usually. It then becomes a bit petty to be pointing out their flaws. If its someone in the family, I can understand speaking privately to a person ....later...maybe.... if one thinks it will add that much to the other's improvement to receive criticism and to change, but I cringe at people who are all the time correcting others in conversations which are public... even among groups of friends, when there's no doubt to the understanding.

    My question is .......... why was Obama trying to put in a 'plug' for an energy company? Don't ad agencies do that? .....just wondering.
     
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    Not his fault...his teleprompter had a typo...
     
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    All local, state , and federal authorities are now checking his background.

    A smear campaign is being planned. They're studying the Joe the plumber incident to improve their chances of not getting caught. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    That would be typical for a liberal.

    Never take personal responsibility for your own foul ups when you can blame something or someone else.

    Obama was true to form and made excuses.
     
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    Sounds like your hero B. Bush. "I can't think of any mistakes." ROFL
     
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    Since I mispronounce most words I try not to criticize others. I have messed up words so bad that people from the congregation correct me during a sermon or bible study. I studder pretty bad and have trouble with R's and W's.
     
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    Gee, that's how Muslims pronounce it....:laugh:
     
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    Out of curiosity, do they also pronounce one country as "PACK-E-STAHN" while pronouncing the name of an adjoining country as AF-GAN-uh-STAN" as did our President, recently, in one speech?

    I honestly do not know how the native of the two countries would pronounce it, but however they do pronounce the place, the local pronunciation is correct, and trumps any and all other ways of speaking.

    In my own state and nearby, some places, and people and the correct pronunciations:

    Versailles is Ver-SALES', not VER-SAI

    Paris is PEAR'-ess, not Pa-REE

    Lancaster is LANK'-uh-ster, not Lan-CAST-er

    Louisville is LU'-UH-vul, with the "Us" all being a short "u", as in lure.

    Yosemite is YO'- see- mite, and

    Cairo, IL is KAY'-roh, IL.

    And in some areas of this state, a "U.S. Treasury Department Employee" is still pronounced in this manner. "DANG REV'-uh-noo-er!





    KA-BLAM!!
    Got him!! And right where he sits, too! :thumbs: "

    :laugh: :laugh:

    Ed
     
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    Obama usually says POCK-E-STAN which I understand is the correct pronunciation.
     
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    I thought it was petty and disrespectful when people raised the point when president Bush mispronounced words, I don't see it as anything less than that if the same is done to president Obama.
     
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    The way you wrote the first syllable is more accurate than the way I did. My writing this was out of habit, or poor editing, no doubt. I did not hear him pronounce this to rhyme with "back" but closer to rhyming with the first syllable of the word pock'et, so I should have written this as "PAHK" or simply as "PAK" in the alternative. Sorry for that confusion.

    However, ! was also actually interested in the pronunciation of the last syllable, as well, for the native speakers. And given that there are several states and/or regions in that larger area that end in the syllable "stan" I also wanted to know if the pronunciation of that last syllable varies between some of them, as well, and/or if the correct pronunciation of that vowel sound is "stan" as in the word "stand" or if it is pronounced as "stahn", as in the word "ah" or "don" or if it is pronounced both ways, depending on location.

    Inquiring minds, and all like that, you know.

    Ed
     
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