hyperforeign 'jihad'

Matthew Gordon gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU
Mon Mar 5 20:05:08 UTC 2007

Last night's 60 Minutes featured a piece on the use of the internet for
terrorist propaganda. The reporter, Scott Pelley, repeatedly pronounced
'jihad' with an initial fricative which I suspect is not uncommon for
journalists. It was striking here, however, since everyone interviewed for
the piece used the affricate pronunciation.

You can watch the piece online:

I'm assuming the affricate is closer to the Arabic which is why I'm labeling
this an example of hyperforeignism.

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