Thursday, February 21, 2008

ATTENTION ALL POLITICAL COMMENTATORS

Let me say this very plainly: The word is "pundit." The word is not, "pundint."

Okay, I can't help myself...I'm intollerent of people who mispronounce words (even though I probably do it too.) When someone mentions the raised column upon which a statue rests and they call it a "pedistool," I go nuts.

But the word of this political season is pundit, and fully eight times out of ten I hear it pronounced with an "n." And this by professional media folks. It's crazy.

So cut it out!

It's no doubt a hopeless cause. These are probably the same folk who call their aunt's child their "cousint."

4 Comments:

At Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:36:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

I could say: "lightent upt," but I can feel where you're coming from.

 
At Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 4:40:00 PM EST, Blogger Pythia3 said...

You, Jon, preaching? (Isn't that Stewart's job? lol) . . .
Who'd have thunk?
Now that's one - "thunk" - that has me going CRAZY! And I swear one of the sports commentators during the Pistons / Suns game used "thunk."
Is is 'politically' incorrect to say kiss my ass...k to all "axers," and all who bastardize our language . . . English, not Spanish, that is!
Thanks Jon - I agree with you 100%.
Mistakes and mispronunciations are going to happen everyday, but should be edited and corrected by professional media, politicians and all public speakers.
Now, I'm going to hit the 'publish' button on this comment . . . and pray I have not fallen into your list of 'intolerable people.'

 
At Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 10:41:00 AM EST, Blogger tHomas said...

Hello Uncle Jon.
I am often amused by all the new "election terminology" we learn with each presidential election. The media has these "hang-ups" over certain words in the political process.
When Al Gore ran against George Bush, the real star of the show was neither of them, but a tiny piece of paper called a chad. Remember those chads down in florida? Apparently, there were hundreds, perhaps thousands of those darn little buggers.
The ballot counters had great difficulty in deciding who was being voted for due to all the hanging chads, incomplete chads, missing chads, and torn chads.

And now in this year's election, we've all heard the term "super delegates" in the media. What are these- democratic party leaders that walk around in tights and capes, with a big "S" on the front of their chest?

So this is the American democratic process that the world should envy, eh? Well, I suppose it isn't too bad. I just wish I had a dime for everytime someone says "chad" or "super delegate". Then I would be rich man, I'm sure.

 
At Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 1:41:00 PM EST, Blogger Michelle's Spell said...

I'm with you on this one! I also hate all the new made up words that try to make things sound more important -- I do a whole lecture on it in English class.

 

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