Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What would you NOT do for 20 billion?

Zach Weiner at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has a recent post about the different pronunciations of "nuclear". Now this word has been granted way more than its 15 minutes of fame (see here and here for several discussions). Yet it still seems to have some power over the minds of so many Americans.

Weiner's comic (here) bases its humor off the idea that the nu-kyu-lar pronunciation is
so abhorrent that a physicist would be incapable of pronouncing it that way without imploding. It is a funny comic (as most of his are), but I am mesmerized by how this word has become somewhat of a litmus test for academia and the political left.

Do the Tenants know of other words with such political cache?

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