Posted by: WebHobbit | February 14, 2015

Two Rs please


I subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day emails and this morning’s entry was FOLDEROL which means “foolish language, behavior, or ideas”….which was quite appropriate for the bit they had linked up in the very same email:

‘Mischievous,’ ‘nuclear,’ and other words to pronounce with caution.”

THAT bit of text was linked to this video:

In the video that pops up from that link an actual M-W editor makes the case for allowing OBVIOUS MISPRONUNCIATIONS as possibly accepted secondary or tertiary forms! And sure enough if you go over to their entry for LIBRARY you will see this:

\ˈlī-ˌbrer-ē, -ˌbre-rē; British usually & US sometimes -brər-ē; US sometimes -brē, ÷-ˌber-ē, -ˌbe-rē\

I’m sorry this just cannot pass.


The line has to be drawn somewhere. I suppose this is more of the great dumbing down of America you sometimes hear people ranting about. Everyone gets an award. Everyone is a winner. Even if you’re a dumb-ass. Wow…that’s just great.

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