Raleigh, N.C. -- awesome or aw-dropping?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Feb 13 19:01:14 UTC 2014

At 2/12/2014 10:47 PM, Tom Zurinskas wrote:
>I thought the game would be over when "Paul" of Paul McCartney was
>pronounced "Poll" (as in "doll").  Sure enough it happened at the
>CBS commemoration of the Beatles 50 th anniversary of appearing on
>Ed Sullivan show on TV last Sunday.  The lady announcer in front of
>the national audience said "Poll".  A sad day.  This is the
>beginning of the end of the phoneme "awe".  Get set to change the

And bring in the pall-bearers.  Or, if one has to do field studies,
the poll-takers.


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