Nu-cu-lar

A metathesis is defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary as

: a change of place or condition: as a: transposition of two phonemes in a word (as in the development of crud from curd or the pronunciation \\ˈpər-tē\\ for pretty) b: a chemical reaction in which different kinds of molecules exchange parts to form other kinds of molecules

Why am I writing about this bizarre topic? In 61 days, we will likely never hear George W. Bush’s famous example, his mispronounciation of the word “nuclear” as “nu-cu-lar” again.  If you feel sad that you can’t mock that pronounciation, Sarah Palin also does the same thing, and we may be hearing from her in the near future…

To be fair, William Safire noted that Presidents Eisenhower, Carter, and Clinton also mispronounced the word. But where’s the fun in that?

(Thanks to Allison of Just My Day Blog for giving me the idea for this post with a hilarious joke. )

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