nucular and Latino

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu Nov 15 16:20:22 UTC 2001

--- Peter Farruggio <pfarr at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU>
> My two cents' worth:

> Nucular:  I remember this annoying mispronunciation
> (to me) being started
> in the early 1960s by Southern US senators and
> congressmen on TV...

"Nucular" is the pronunciation I grew up with in all
uses, from all sources.  I thought "nucular" was the
way the word was spelled, and in my memory I'm certain
I saw it spelled as "nucular" in newspapers and other
sources, but that may be a false memory induced by the
way I was hearing the word.  I can't remember exactly
when I became aware that it was "nuclear" both in
spelling and pronunciation. I recall a friend had to
point it out to me.  It was, at the earliest, in the
early 60's, in high school, and maybe not until the
late 60's.

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