[Ads-l] Heard on Border Wars, reality-TV re narcotics-smuggling

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Fri Jul 21 02:11:25 EDT 2017


If "carri-BEE-an" is good enough for Billy Ocean and Enya, it's good 
enough for me.

Jim Parish


On 7/21/2017 1:09 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> _Caribbean_ pronounced by the voice-overer as "carri-BEE-an" - the
> pronunciation of my lost youth - and not as the contemporarily-preferred
> "curRIBBian. Already, back in the '70's, I had a battle of the dictionary
> with a roommate who refused to believe that "carriBEE-an" had ever been the
> preferred pronunciation. OTOH, he won, when I refused to believe that
> _aloose_ wasn't more standard than what I had always thought of as _'loose_.
>
> And, as Google notes,
>
> "People also ask
> What do loose mean?"

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