June 18, 2009

Say What?

Why is NPR's Jean Cochrane suddenly saying, "EEEE-ran"?

Is that the hip, new, Worldy-wise pronunciation?

Posted by Robert at June 18, 2009 01:03 PM | TrackBack

No. The the hip, new, Worldy-wise pronunciation is EEEE-rahn.

Posted by: Fear and Loathing In Georgetown at June 18, 2009 01:58 PM

I've been getting tired of hearing eye-RAN, when ear-RAHN is the proper pronunciation. And everybody says Ahmahdinejad's name wrong. It's "Ah-mahd-ni-jahd." Four syllables, not five or six.

On the other hand, I'm hypocritically annoyed by "proper" pronunciations of place names by the media like "Budapeshhhhht" and "Hawa-EE." Oh please.

Posted by: Mink Monica at June 18, 2009 05:51 PM

Didn't the Iron Sheik pronounce it that way back in the 80's?

EEEE-rahn #1! RUSH-ah #1! U-S-A...Pah!

Posted by: Badger Chris at June 19, 2009 12:47 PM

My pet peeve is the pronounciation of "Baghdad" as "Bag--daddd". Runner up is the pronunciation of the Gulf state of Qatar as "gutter."

Posted by: LMC at June 19, 2009 04:59 PM