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BennyD Donating Member (207 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:25 PM
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President Obama taking heat over mispronunciation of "Corpsmen."
While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama mispronounced the word "Corpsman" as "corpse-man."

The right-wing is already making fun of this. Why would people expect others who didn't serve in the Military to necessarily be familiar with every pronunciation of their lingo? Give it a rest.

Link to article with Video

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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:26 PM
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1. That's all they got?
How about the thousands of mispronounciations and made up words Dubya said?
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Bolo Boffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:27 PM
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2. Is that all they've got?
Meanwhile Republican Senator Richard Shelby throws a temper tantrum over his earmarks. Tempest in a teapot, all of these clowns.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:27 PM
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3. We don't care. We're busy trying to put food on our families n/t
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:30 PM
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7. And worrying Is Our Children Learning? n/t
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:36 PM
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13. And making the pie higher!
Make the Pie Higher
by George W. Bush

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen
And uncertainty
And potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the internet
Become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish
Can coexist.

Families is where our nation finds hope
Where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher!
Make the pie higher!


http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/piehigher.asp

...kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?
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BennyD Donating Member (207 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:54 PM
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21. "is our children learning" What kind of grammar is that? n/t
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:00 PM
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26. That's a bush grammar
He is a genus.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:48 PM
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48. Bush grammar...
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:58 PM
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51. The grammar your hero, Dubya, uses...

Your OP isn't fooling me.
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:29 PM
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4. We did that to Bush all the time, he survived it.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:29 PM
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5. Geez, I complain when the man does something I don't agree with, but
this is just stupid. At least he can pronounce about a million other words right.

How do you pronounce corpsman anyhow?
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:31 PM
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9. "coremun"
Granted, I'm not using the fancy pronunciation symbols, but that's how it's pronounced.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:48 PM
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19. I seem to recall he said this before and it came out later that his pronunication,
while not the usual, has some historical acceptance in the past. I can't remember the exact word but it sounded similar to "corpseman."

Does anyone know what I am talking about???
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:13 PM
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28. You might be thinking of his pronunciation of Pakistan?
I think there was some kerfuffle during the campaign from people who thought the fact that he actually pronounced it correctly (with an /ah/ sound instead of a short a sound) as evidence that he hated America.

I don't remember an issue with corpsman before, but I could have missed something :)
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 02:17 PM
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81. "That's Hedley"


I mean "Korman"
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Jack_Dawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 05:00 PM
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52. It's not good
Corpsman? Seriously? They're gonna have a field day with this. Thank God it's on bury-the-bad-news-day.

:eyes:

:beer:
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:30 PM
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6. If Bush had said "corpse-man", DU would be all over it.
I'm sure Obama knows how to pronounce "corpsman". It was a slip.

...it was nonetheless a funny slip...and one that's fair game for the opposition.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:31 PM
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8. Agreed n/t
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BennyD Donating Member (207 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:45 PM
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16. I don't think it was a "slip." He did mispronounce it twice. n/t

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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 12:49 AM
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68. Benny, Benny, Benny
:freak:
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:03 PM
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27. Actually, "corpse-man" is the proper pronunciation
for "Bush." Or at least it should be...
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:25 PM
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36. That's because nearly every other word that came out
of shrub's gravy hole was mispronounced. It was unbelievable that someone that stupid was actually in charge.
Now that we have a bona fide brilliant President, they are picking on ONE WORD.

Not going to get worked up over this particular "story", just saying there is a difference.
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Crabby Appleton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:35 PM
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46. Yep nt
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razorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 09:18 AM
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77. I recall when Dan Quayle seemed to not know how "potato" was spelled.
The public over-reaction was silly. Personally, I would give both DQ and President Obama some slack on such things. We are all guilty of mispronunciation and misspellings. Besides, everyone knows it is really spelled "tater".
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:31 PM
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10. omg, after idiot son, this is all they got? hahaha, sucks to be them. nt
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:32 PM
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11. The Press Corpse is having a field day with it... n/t
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 09:58 PM
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57. I blame the Army Corpse of Engineers for the demise of New Orleans
They screwed up the hydrology thing for decades.
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CakeGrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:32 PM
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12. Well, he should really know that "Corps" is pronounced "core" and probably does,
so I'll just write it off to being in the flow of a speech, but it should be well-known by now that the RW doesn't let a little rank hypocrisy stop them when trying to ridicule the opposition.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 01:02 AM
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69. I didn't realize that "facade" was pronounced "fassad" until my mid-teens.
It was a word I read but never had a reason to speak, so I mentally pronounced it as "fakaid". :dunce:

I didn't realize that "chic" was pronounced "sheik" until about 3 years ago. :dunce: :dunce: :dunce:
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:38 PM
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14. One word: nukyular.
How soon they forget.
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BennyD Donating Member (207 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:46 PM
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17. hahaha That's an old Jimmah Carta word. haha n/t
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:41 PM
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15. Oh please.
:eyes:
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:46 PM
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18. And the right-wingers had no problem with draft-dodger Shrub saying "nucular"
And other silly stuff like:
- "Is our children learning?"
- "Childrens do learn"
(source for these quotes: http://www.spike.com/video/is-our-children/3096176 )
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:50 PM
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20. It's OK to hold Obama to a higher standard
than Bush.

After all, he is of a higher standard.

Thanks to the wingnuts for noticing.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:56 PM
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22. impeach the bastard
:eyes: :eyes: :eyes: :sarcasm:
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:57 PM
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23. I have to say, a Harvard education isn't quite as excellent as it's made out to be...
Remember when the President (onetime President of the Harvard Law Review) revealed that he didn't know the meaning of the word "decriminalize"? :wtf:
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:33 PM
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44. Whatever. It has nothing to do with education or lack of it. Worse case- it's just a word he's never
Edited on Fri Feb-05-10 04:33 PM by ecstatic
spoken out loud before but I'm guessing it was just a brain fart due to fatigue. At the end of the day, the President is still smarter than most people in this country. A simple mistake isn't going to change that.
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Fire_Medic_Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:57 PM
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24. I would have that the term "Corpsman" would be familiar to any member of Congress...
but especially to the President. Surely someone watches him practice his speeches.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 03:58 PM
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25. Or perhaps the Commander in Chief of all military forces...ya think? nt
Edited on Fri Feb-05-10 03:58 PM by Romulox
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Fire_Medic_Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:22 PM
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33. Yes that would be the cause of "especially the President".
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:25 PM
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35. Amplification, not a disagreement.
I see where that might be ambiguous.
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Fire_Medic_Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 06:49 PM
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55. Just a clarification. My apologies.
:toast:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:16 PM
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29. yeah, that's a mistake he oughtn't've made, but it pales in
comparison to dubya's grasp of the language. I'm sure right-wing blowhards will make a huge deal of it, though ...
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:18 PM
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30. One word: nu-cu-ler n/t
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Fire_Medic_Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:23 PM
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34. I think that's spelled with a "k"!
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:28 PM
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39. Oops!
My bad! :P
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:18 PM
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31. Right, right, right.
We all get it: Bush was allowed to be a dumbass because he was a cowboy. Obama isn't allowed to be stupid because he's a black liberal.

Really, Bush couldn't even pronounce "nuclear" (or mispronounced it on purpose - who knows?) and could barely complete a sentence without a gaffe, but Obama has to be perfect.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:27 PM
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38. I'd forgive the President's ignorance of matters martial COMPLETELY if he weren't playing at war
with the lives of those men whose job he can't even pronounce...
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superduperfarleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:19 PM
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32. Most transparent OP of the year!
Congratulations.
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:29 PM
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40. It's only February.
:* !
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superduperfarleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:35 PM
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45. That's how proud I am of the OP. n/t
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:36 PM
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47. I don't blame you.
:hi:
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:26 PM
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37. Who cares? This is such a non-issue, and Obama is an excellent orator in general.
Bush could barely speak, and so it was very easy to make fun of his mispronunciations and bad grammar. And yet, Bush still managed to keep a following of loyal fans.

So, Obama mispronounced something. Big fucking deal.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:30 PM
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41. I pity the people who think is important.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:31 PM
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42. He should take heat for speaking at that odious event, not for pronunciations.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:51 PM
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49. + a brazillion
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 05:15 PM
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53. .
:thumbsup:
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t0dd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 10:26 PM
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61. ..
:applause: Got that right.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:31 PM
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43. Repugs have short memories.
(cough, 'nukular', cough)
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 04:52 PM
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50. It happens.
At least he doesn't say "nucular" or "misunderestimate".

Or mangle the English language horribly.
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MTeddy Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 05:43 PM
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54. corpsman needed for this snowball fighting
sometimes I feel like my vote for Pres. Obama was a waste of
time. I got behind him because he said that he wanted to
change the tone....then, when he makes a simple gaff with the
word 'corpsman'......those on the right pile on. Like the
President said....let's get over it!!! I remember when my
friends were making fun of Bush for some of his
mispronunciations......and the media piled on......so how
does that help our President in the end.......once the weak
minded minions from 'both' sides stop with the condescending
sneering at the 'other side'.....then we can get behind our
guy.......I would like to see our side show the class and
understanding FIRST.......and show the rest of America that
we can lead by example!
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 12:20 AM
Response to Reply #54
65. Welcome to DU!
Please post more often. :hi:
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 09:57 PM
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56. I'm more of a leg man myself
But if someone is into corpses, I guess that's OK as long as all parties are consenting.
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 10:01 PM
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58. That's really not military lingo.
Any educated, intelligent individual should know how to say that properly.

That said, not even vaguely an issue.
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Therellas Donating Member (216 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 10:05 PM
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59. the only corpseman here are us soldiers.
we all know that.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 10:15 PM
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60. OBGYN"S can't practice their love with women
is our children learning

NEUKLear...


hum
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 10:28 PM
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62. They're still feeling dumb because they didn't know what a Bolshevik plot was.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 11:18 PM
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63. In all fairness. *I* would've pronounced the word as corpse-man.
:crazy:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 12:33 PM
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76. This happens all the time to people who read a lot.
We've never heard a word spoken or only a few times, and we don't remember the pronunciation as quickly as we speak.
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-05-10 11:21 PM
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64. Peance freance
They misunderestimate him.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 12:29 AM
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66. A repuke friend on my Facebook
made several status updates about this. :eyes: Reeks of desperation.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 12:46 AM
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67. Benny, Benny, Benny
Whenever I read one of your posts I always think of the weaselly coward Benny from the movie The Mummy.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 01:07 AM
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70. That is a bad snafu for the president.
It reveals that it is a word he's likely never spoken or heard spoken, which means he really doesn't understand the person it describes.

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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 02:16 AM
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71. I see an upside to it
If he ever utters the word "corpsman" again, he WILL pronounce it correctly.

I'm sure he's embarrassed about it and will learn from the experience.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 02:46 AM
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72. This dictionary says corpse-men.
Edited on Sat Feb-06-10 02:46 AM by tekisui
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 02:49 AM
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73. It actually doesn't. The pronounciation is to the right of
what you're looking at -- which is where the syllables divide.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 09:47 AM
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74. I know, but it 'says' it that way with the audio.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 11:42 AM
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75. Oh, I see Was it Obama?
:hi:
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kudzu22 Donating Member (426 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 09:39 AM
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78. OK, that's one
It's a glaring one, and he should know how to pronounce the military ranks, being CIC of the entire military. Let me know when he gets somewhere near Bush's total, and then we'll talk.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 09:42 AM
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79. Well, it was pretty startling...........
He also kept repeating it, which made it even funnier.

:D
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 02:22 PM
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82. My grandfather told the story about a speech a guy made...
that had been written for him, and it repeatedly had the phrase "We must not be misled."

Well, the guy very passionately gave this speech, but said that "We must not be myzeld" over and over again. I can see how that would be ridiculed.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 05:06 PM
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83. That must have been funny.
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sylvi Donating Member (169 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 11:40 AM
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80. I would think that a president verbalizes
I would think that a president verbalizes millions of words, both orally and in writing, in the span of a year. What are the chances that each and every one of them are going to come out perfectly?

He's only human, after all.

I consider myself fairly well-spoken, but if I was under the same microscope as the president, I'd hate to see all the grammatical errors someone could tot up over a span of time.
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