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Champ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:33 AM
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Bush trips over Abu Ghraib pronunciation
CARLISLE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Two rehearsals for his prime-time speech were not enough to keep U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) from mangling the name of the Abu Ghraib prison that brought shame to the U.S. mission in Iraq (news - web sites).

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

The prison, the scene of torture under Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and the setting for the Iraqi prison abuse scandal under the U.S. 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".

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=856&nci...
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:43 AM
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1. Damn those Midnight Lobotomies,
now look.
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malatesta1137 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:46 AM
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2. He had it right the first time:
abu-RAPE
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Kinkistyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:22 AM
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3. My god he's not even close!
Abu-Garon? Abu-Garah? I'm surprised he didn't say "Abra-cadabra".

He should make like Porky Pig: "Aba-aba-aba - that torture prison".
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