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Nicholas Scheuer
04-13-2013, 10:12 AM
These days the media all seem to call the Capitol of N Korea "Pwoon-Young". When I was a kid and the 38th Parallel was a daily news topic, everyone said "Poon-YANG".

Captain Intrepid
04-13-2013, 10:27 AM
I don't get it. How is pronouncing the name of a city more accurately PC?

Nicholas Scheuer
04-13-2013, 10:38 AM
Hard to fault Walter Cronkite or Howard K Smith.

S.V. Airlie
04-13-2013, 11:03 AM
Still. Why is this about being politically correct. So it's pronounced incorrectly. That's the reason?LOLl Hey my name is often misspelled. Does that mean it's politically incorrect?

Nicholas Scheuer
04-13-2013, 12:28 PM
BECAUSE, Captain Intrepid and AV Airlie, lots of folks these days would interpret "Poon-YANG" as a derogatory or disparaging reference to a whole nation, political system, even including race. Not surprised you don't get it.

S.V. Airlie
04-13-2013, 12:36 PM
I just suspect a non speaking Korean gave the news. Probably a Korean wouldn't pronounce Boston correctly. I suspect they should have said Baaaston!

Captain Intrepid
04-13-2013, 12:43 PM
It's not surprising to me at all. Today with the developments in global communications it only makes sense that broadcasters would be more likely to pronounce furrin' words correctly. An example, EYE- rAck, verses the more correct ih-rock with a slight roll to the "r".

Keith Wilson
04-13-2013, 03:01 PM
Unless a city already has a name in English (Munich rather than München), pronouncing it correctly, i.e. more or less like the locals do, seems only right. That's its name, after all. Willful mispronunciation (Eye-rack) seems to me to indicate ignorance and parochialism. "PC" has nothing to do with it.

Jim Mahan
04-13-2013, 03:15 PM
You don't even have to speak the language to know it's pronounced 'Pyong Yang.'

seanz
04-13-2013, 03:55 PM
I just suspect a non speaking Korean gave the news.

How? Flash cards? Semaphore? Telegraph? Interpretive dance?

skuthorp
04-13-2013, 04:37 PM
The public station here, has a large 'pronunciation manual', occasionally edited to attempt consistency across the national network, but accents can and do get in the way.

Keith Wilson
04-13-2013, 04:38 PM
How? Flash cards? Semaphore? Telegraph? Interpretive dance? :d
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S.V. Airlie
04-13-2013, 05:32 PM
How? Flash cards? Semaphore? Telegraph? Interpretive dance?Because of your stupid thread I suppose Nicky.

seanz
04-13-2013, 05:38 PM
I think I'd better put you on the "Do not tease" list.
:)

Nicholas Scheuer
04-13-2013, 07:18 PM
Hey, just for fun, let's ask Sarah Palin how she pronounces it, eh?