WINS anchors mispronouncing words

A Joseph Ross
Sun Sep 2 22:28:50 EDT 2012

On 9/2/2012 11:38 AM, Dan.Strassberg wrote:

> Well, maybe it's good to demand better pronunciation from TV and radio
> announcers than we demand from presidents. After all, announcers don't 
> need
> to deal with all of the problems that confront the country and the 
> world, so
> presidents have an excuse for poor pronunciation that announcers do not
> have. Still, we should not forget that persistently mispronouncing 
> nuclear
> in the same stupid way has afflicted two US presidents--one from each
> political party. And one of those presidents was a very bright man--a
> nukular engineer, even. The other was a graduate of Yale, though it's not
> clear that he would have graduated had his father (who went on to become
> president himself and AFAIK COULD correctly pronounce nuclear) not, at 
> the
> time, been a very highly placed government official.

I wonder if it's a difference in regional pronunciation.  Is "nukular" a 
standard Southern pronunciation?

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