Broadcast journalism

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Apr 5 16:28:05 UTC 2010

On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> I could swear I heard Obama say "wrecked havoc" in one of his speeches
> last week.
> Yup! Sure enough, it was there:

The official White House transcript has "wreaked havoc":

But it does sound like "wrecked" in the video (at 3:45):

The White House transcribers have quoted Obama as saying "wreck havoc"
in the past:
"We can allow climate change to wreck unnatural havoc, or we can
create jobs preventing its worst effects."

--Ben Zimmer

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