I can’t take it anymore. SOMEBODY has got to speak up and protect our language.
I just read a news report online, via the NBC blog, that Republican Idaho Senator Michael Crapo was arrested yesterday outside Washington, D.C. , and charged with DUI.
In their piece, the reporters write: “Crapo (pronounced KRAY-po)”…
Now wait a minute. Just WAIT. One. Cotton. Picking. Minute. The letter A in Crapo is a short A. Remember you learned about short vowels and long vowels in first grade? A short A doesn’t become a long A just because the person carrying the short-A name doesn’t like the ramifications of the pronunciation of his original nomenclature. A short A becomes a long A when it’s followed by another vowel (or a Y, that crazy “sometimes” vowel).
Crapo’s credo seems to be: Drinking and driving? No problem. (According to the NBC blog post, Crapo has told the Associated Press in the past that he doesn’t even drink alcohol). Running a red light while drinking and driving? No problem. Altering the natural pronunciation of the English language to suit you? No problem, either.
If Michael Crapo wants us to pronounce his name with a long A, he needs to add another vowel, say, CraYpo or CraIpo. Or, even CraEpo. But, let’s stop pretending. We all know that Crapo is pronounced just exactly as we see it. CRAP- O. (or, CRAP. Oh.)
Now, on to the phonetic bane or should I say “bone” of the Republican party: Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Again, if anyone could please explain to me where in the English language OE together turns into the sound of a long A, I, as a writer and a lover of our language, am desperate to know.
The name is pronounced BONER, not BANER. How the heck can a whole country be hoodwinked into changing the way we pronounce our language just because one guy wants us to? Think about it. Boehner’s name and the way he does politics seem to inform each other. Truly, the name BONER makes a lot more sense when you think about how Mr. B interacts with President Obama. In almost every picture I’ve ever seen of the guy, he’s got this Cheshire-cat look in his eyes like he’s ready to pounce on our president at any moment.
Here’s just one more example of how the Republicans think that they can make up their own rules just because it suits them.
Well, here’s one woman who would not take it anymore. America, you have been duly informed. Do honor to your first-grade teacher who taught you to read, because learning how to read is one of the greatest gifts we’re given in this life. Pronounce these names correctly, exactly as you’ve been taught, while keeping in mind that nomenclature can inform one’s destiny.
At least, in the examples of Boehner and Crapo, it seems to be a revealer of character.