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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:15 AM
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Edited on Tue May-25-04 12:17 AM by seemslikeadream
May 25, 2004 - 1:06PM

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Two rehearsals for his prime-time speech today were not enough to keep US President George W Bush from mangling the name of the Abu Ghraib prison that brought shame to the US mission in Iraq.

During the half-hour televised address, Bush mispronounced Abu Ghraib each of the three times he mentioned it while announcing US plans to tear down the infamous jail and replace it with a new facility.

The prison, the scene of torture under Saddam Hussein and the setting for the Iraqi prison abuse scandal under the US military, has a name that English speakers usually pronounce as "abu-grabe".

But the Republican president, long known for verbal and grammatical lapses, stumbled on the first try, calling it "abugah-rayp". The second version came out "abu-garon", the third attempt sounded like "abu-garah".

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http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/25/1085442122787...
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