James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Sat May 14 01:04:28 UTC 2011

>We recently discussed the unusual use of "tornado" in automated National
>Weather Service Warnings.
>In a local Amber Alert this week, the abducted girl was described as
>weighing "115 /el bi es/", while her abductor weighed "184 /el bi es/."
>What's wrong with /paunz/? What's with these people?

That's even worse than "oh bee gee why en" for OBGYN, which is short
for "obstetrician-gyncologist" and is sensibly (but seemingly less
often) said /AbgaIn/ (forgive me if I'm using the wrong character for
the cursive small a here).

James Harbeck.

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