Such pronunciations as "Eye-rack"

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sun Nov 14 21:09:13 UTC 2010

Picking up a topic from a few days ago, the pointedly disrespectful pronunciation of foreign place names:

Near the beginning of Kathy Reichs's newish mystery novel _206 Bones_ (NY: Scribner, 2009) occurs this sentence:  "He said _Quee-beck_ with the disgust one might reserve for 'Eye-rack' or 'Dar-four'" (p. 16).

I must confess, I don't know what the "approved" pronunciation of "Darfur" is.  Is there much colloquial discourse about Darfur??


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