WINS anchors mispronouncing words

Richard Chonak
Sun Sep 9 23:20:10 EDT 2012

On 09/02/2012 03:46 PM, Laurence Glavin wrote:
> It was at least a year ago that Tom Ashbrook invited a person 
> described as a SCIENTIST to talk about some subject, possibl! y 
> climate change, on WBUR's "On Point". The guest wasn't a physicist or 
> such as, but at one point HE said "nukular", which startled me a bit. 
> So I went toi WBUR's "On Point" page on the station's website to 
> express my surprise that any SCIENTIST would dfo that, but I was too 
> late; all of the comments were expressions of surprise and even 
> disgust, even to the point of saying "how can we believe anything he 
> says even about his area of expertness if he gets this wrong". 

Perhaps this illustrates a difference between how experts speak and how 
the non-expert public expects them to speak.


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