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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » a-ha! this is what i’ve been suspecting all along!

a-ha! this is what i’ve been suspecting all along!

The ‘nucular’ affectation:

George Bush, on the other hand, can’t be exculpated for saying “nucular.” After all, it isn’t likely that that version was frequently heard at Andover, Yale, or the Kennebunkport dinner table. In his mouth, it’s what I’ve described as a “faux-bubba” pronunciation. (As I noted in the “Going Nucular” piece, this disaffectation* is not uncommon among Pentagon and DOD types when they’re referring to weapons, though not when they’re referring to families or medicine.) And for some reason — I feel this strongly, but am not up to justifying it right now — deliberately down-shifting to a misanalyzed pronuncation of nuclear is a lot more culpable as linguistic slumming goes than merely dropping a g now and again.

Which is what I’ve suspected: the mispronunciation is a trick (one of many) designed to make people think she is the politician’s coveted “one of us.” It’s a decisive shift away from proper pronunciation of elitists.

And millions of people will side with her on the mispronunciation (secretly) because until somebody called her out on it, they thought she was right. They won’t comment on it, but will be resentful of derisive comments made about it.

When a car dealership fucks you, you don’t admit it to your friends that you got fucked. Instead you boast about your good deal and send your friends there if they are also in the market for a new vehicle. It’s far less embarrassing to be stupid in a group than by yourself. If somebody in a position of authority makes the same mistake you do, it qualifies your decision, the action and their position all by a little bit in your mind by leveling them with you a bit.

We all like to be on the winning team, even if that team is a bunch of jerks. How’s about dem apples?

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