Obama’s (correct) pronunciation of ‘Pakistan’ ostentatiously exotic, Don’tcha know

National Review Online

When Obama says Pock-i-stahn I have an uncontrollable urge to read the New Yorker and find some Chardonnay.  Fortunately I have an old copy of NR and a Coors Light to snap me back to reality.  Seriously though — no one in flyover country says Pock-i-stahn.  It’s annoying.

Some highlights from the Nashville debate (Philadelphia Daily News)

Most overwrought pronunciation of the night: The academic way that Obama says “Pakistan,” with a soft “a” – reminscent of a 1980s “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which newscasters over-pronounced “Managua, Nicaragua.”

Here in America, we reserve the right to tell people the way their names should be pronounced.  You wouldn’t catch any haaaahckey maahms pronouncing Pakistan with a soft “a,” nosirree bob!


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