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Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:31 AM

 

Word Police on NPR!!! Too Funny!

On "Morning Edition", an interesting science article about how Uranus was knocked off its axis presumably by space debris. So what's funny?
Uranus was pronounced "U-rah-nus" the whole way through the article.

Am I losing it? Do I not remember correctly remembering it pronounced "Ur-ay-nus" through my entire life?

Congradulations to NPR for not risking the giggle quake that might have resulted from using the correct pronunciation. It might have knocked the earth off its axis.

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Reply Word Police on NPR!!! Too Funny! (Original post)
unionworks Mar 2012 OP
hlthe2b Mar 2012 #1
unionworks Mar 2012 #3
drm604 Mar 2012 #4
unionworks Mar 2012 #5
Fla Dem Mar 2012 #6
rucky Mar 2012 #2
pokerfan Mar 2012 #10
frogmarch Mar 2012 #7
kentauros Mar 2012 #23
frogmarch Mar 2012 #24
kentauros Mar 2012 #25
frogmarch Mar 2012 #35
rug Mar 2012 #28
kentauros Mar 2012 #29
unionworks Mar 2012 #32
GoneOffShore Mar 2012 #8
pscot Mar 2012 #9
pokerfan Mar 2012 #11
unionworks Mar 2012 #13
pokerfan Mar 2012 #14
unionworks Mar 2012 #15
msu2ba Mar 2012 #12
MADem Mar 2012 #16
unionworks Mar 2012 #17
MADem Mar 2012 #18
Noodleboy13 Mar 2012 #19
unionworks Mar 2012 #20
Orrex Mar 2012 #21
unionworks Mar 2012 #26
Orrex Mar 2012 #22
unionworks Mar 2012 #27
Ron Obvious Mar 2012 #30
unionworks Mar 2012 #31
Ron Obvious Mar 2012 #33
unionworks Mar 2012 #36
Lasher Mar 2012 #34
kentauros Mar 2012 #37
unionworks Mar 2012 #38

Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:47 AM

1. Not a current accepted pronunciation as far as I can tell

Every entry I see is the "favored" Urine-is
or Your-Anus which is obviously favored by grammar school aged-boys everywhere.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:57 AM

3. Take it from me...

 

... it hurts like hell when Uranus gets knocked sideways off its axis, especially after being hit by a great big ass-teroid! ... er, "Aceteroid"... scuse me....

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:05 AM

4. It's been "Ur-ay-nus" my whole life.

"U-rah-nus" is relatively recent usage and is just a silly reaction by squeamish people.

At least in the US. I can't speak for other countries.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:21 AM

5. hearing them

 

... intentionally mispronounce it to avoid offending the more sensitive listeners made it sound even funnier

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 10:12 AM

6. I always thought it was U-rain-us, but have heard it

pronounced Ur-anus, usually by someone looking for a laugh.

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:56 AM

2. They should probably rename the planet

to "Not Your Asshole"

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Response to rucky (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 12:34 PM

10. In Futurama, it was renamed in 2620

Fry: "Hey, as long as you don't make me smell Uranus!" (laughs)
Leela: "I don't get it."
Professor: "I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all."
Fry: "Oh. What's it called now?"
Professor: "Urectum."

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 11:36 AM

7. It's named for the Greek god of the sky,

Ouranos, which my Greek friends pronounce OOranos (OO as in book). I say Ooranos instead of Uranus because regardless of whether people pronounce Uranus as "yoor anus" or as "Urine us" it's funny, and I don't want to anger the Greek sky god.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:25 PM

23. For more information on Ouranos:

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Response to kentauros (Reply #23)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:35 PM

24. Efharisto polí :-)

Thank you!

Fascinating article!

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #24)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:41 PM

25. I skimmed it,

because I'm a slower reader. But, I do love that site! And I don't know any Greek, despite my nick

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Response to kentauros (Reply #25)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 10:16 PM

35. It's a good 'un. I

bookmarked it.

Thanks again!

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Response to kentauros (Reply #23)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:01 PM

28. I've gotten quite enough information on it, thank you.

 

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Response to rug (Reply #28)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:08 PM

29. !!



But, what is the wrath of a pissed-off Uranus like, anyway?

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Response to rug (Reply #28)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:29 PM

32. Stop!

 

Oh God make it stop!!!

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 11:56 AM

8. And the difference between a proctologist and a bartender?

Proctologist only has to look at one at a time.

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 12:17 PM

9. There was a big public debate about this

a few years back. All sorts of reasons were offered for changing the way we pronounced it, including lying about the fact it had always been pronounced with a long "a". It's just PC run amok. I think we're a society that has a really hard time looking honestly at things.

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 12:39 PM

11. From the Planetary Society

By Emily Lakdawalla

In a past life I taught science to fifth grade students (10-year-olds), and the course included a segment on the solar system. I planned to have the kids deliver oral presentations on different planets. The problem suddenly became one that I was going to give to some hapless 10-year old who was going to have to get up at the front of his or her class and talk for five minutes about Your Anus. Clearly I couldn't do that to the kid without addressing it directly first. So here's the solution I came up with: at the beginning of the solar system unit, I asked the kids to name planets and other things in the solar system, and (inevitably) the class clown shouted out "your anus!!" to the amusement of all. I also smiled and laughed, and pointed out that there was another pronunciation that was almost as bad, and then I got up and wrote the following in big letters on the board:

You're a nuss!

Then I instructed the class full of kids to turn to their neighbors, point, and accuse one other of being a "nuss," which they enjoyed.

A cop-out? Yes. But at least it got every kid in the room to say the name of the planet out loud, and to do it while thinking about a word that, if nonsensical, was at least not scatological. And we were all able to move on and have a good time exploring the solar system without too much embarrassment over the pronunciation of the name of one of its largest members.

http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00001806/

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:03 PM

13. Future Uranus

 




&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL19C37E2558BAC892

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Response to unionworks (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:09 PM

14. Space Patrol!

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #14)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:13 PM

15. for space cadets

 

like me it just doesn't get any better! What a great piece of nostalgia!!!

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 03:12 PM

12. A riddle

What do toilet paper and the Starship Enterprise have in common?
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They both circle Uranus searching for Klingons.

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:17 PM

16. That was the whole FUN of it....

The proper pronunciation was the way to go. It was an open invitation to immaturity!
That way, one could make Star Trek/Charmin jokes about circling Uranus/Your Anus searching for Klingons/Cling-ons...

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Response to MADem (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:36 PM

17. And yet somehow

 

... in spite of the lack of a proper word police force to protect our young minds from being corrupted, the boomers were able to study Uranus, the rest of the solar system, and put a man on the moon. Just amazing.

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Response to unionworks (Reply #17)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 06:45 PM

18. I think it was BECAUSE of the potential for solar system jokes that encouraged some people to learn!

I always enjoyed a good double entendre! I guess the No Fun Brigade doesn't like 'em here, though.

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:02 PM

19. If we continue to deplete our natural resources,

we may have to send a probe to Uranus.

If we find anything, we would probably start a massive drilling project on Uranus.

ok I'll stop.

peace,
Noodleboy

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Response to Noodleboy13 (Reply #19)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:09 PM

20. We are studying

 

...soil samples from Uranus.

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:20 PM

21. Interplanet Janet endorses the pronuciation "yoo-RAH-nus"

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Response to Orrex (Reply #21)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:56 PM

26. Awesome

 

Interplanet Janet rocks!

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 08:21 PM

22. Incidentally, here's a book worth considering in this debate:

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Response to Orrex (Reply #22)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:00 PM

27. Gaseous clouds

 

... have been spotted around Uranus!

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:14 PM

30. Dilbert

I always like this Dilbert cartoon:

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #30)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:24 PM

31. Love Dilbert

 

Dilbert, Doonsbury, Get fuzzy and Non Sequitor! (Sp?)

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Response to unionworks (Reply #31)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 09:31 PM

33. Robotman too?

I think Robotman (called 'Monty' today because of the departure of the much-missed titular character) doesn't get nearly the love it deserves.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #33)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 02:50 AM

36. awesome

 

...wedon't get this in the local paper. Thaanks!

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Response to unionworks (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 10:04 PM

34. Have you ever heard them mention a Shih Tzu?

Just curious.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #34)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 02:52 AM

37. Gesundheit!

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Response to Lasher (Reply #34)

Wed Mar 28, 2012, 03:48 AM

38. this thread

 

... is about Uranus!

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