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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:41 AM
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Abu Grape, or however, ya say it.... Intentional mispronounciation
Bush intentionally botched the name of the infamous prison for the same reason that he intentionally mispronounces "nuclear". He wants his constituency to believe that the name, and all it conveys, is just another pesky problem that will go away. It's not important enough to pronounce correctly.

What a cynical bastard we have representing us to the world. What a horrible shame, one that will take us generations to recover from.

Mr. Bush, sound it out with me.... I reeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzziiiiinnnneee.

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TheWizardOfMudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:44 AM
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1. LOL
Its Abu Grub. Grub is something he can understand. That's that worm you put on a fishin' hook for the turd blossom.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:46 AM
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2. You got me LOL


In addition to his low IQ and 3rd grade reading level, he doesn't give a shit. He doesn't care about pronouncing words that have meaning to people of other cultures. The only language that he likes is spoken by people that look like he does. He could care less about this country or the world. He is about self - GWB.
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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 12:49 AM
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3. Yup. Kin yew say Narcissist?
No, George, not narkist. Try again.

Closer, try only one sissie this time....

Better. Remember the r...... good on the t, though, ok....

YESSSSS, ok, you can say terrorist again! There's a good boy!
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Sticky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:27 AM
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4. What a dummy...
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.

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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".

White House aides, who described the speech as an important address on the future of Iraq, said Bush practised twice on Monday before boarding his helicopter for his trip to the speaking venue at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040...
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:30 AM
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5. The article doesn't say how Arabic speakers pronounce the name of the
The article doesn't say how Arabic speakers pronounce the name of the name of the prison. That's more relevant than how English speakers usually pronounce it.
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Mechatanketra Donating Member (903 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:12 AM
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7. I think they're both relevant.
I had the same observation -- I reread the article a couple times looking for where they tell us how it's supposed to sound, and they don't. (To the English-listening ear, it may be best rendered "aboo grehb".)

But I think it's additionally significant that not only are Bush's pronunciations incorrect, they're not even the most obvious mistakes ("aboo grabe" or "aboo grayib") This suggests not even the usual American "Doesn't everyone speak English?" habits, but that he's so thoroughly disinterested in what he's speaking about he can't even be bothered to read the teleprompter phonetically.
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:44 AM
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6. Grape Ape
Bush may have twenty years on me, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he was still pouring beer in his cornflakes and watching Saturday morning cartoons well into his thirties, when I was as a kid.

Sort of like I do today, except that I don't plan to model my Presidency after Hannah/Barberra.
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