Stop Mispronouncing South Ossetia!
Posted by Casey on August 18, 2008
I am getting sick and tired of the so called “news professionals” mispronouncing South Ossetia. Over and over again I hear CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and others pronounce the region completely incorrectly while they cover the Russian invasion of Georgia.
News reporters continue to pronounce South Ossetia as South Oh-set-tia. That is blatantly wrong! Furthermore, it is a merger of the Russian pronunciation and the English pronunciation. There are two accepted English ways of pronouncing South Ossetia. The first is South Ah-see-shuh … clearly a big difference in what your college educated journalists are feeding through your head. That is according to Webster’s Dictionary so don’t send me messages challenging that pronunciation. The second way to pronounce South Ossetia, and the most common, is South O-see-shah. That’s according to Dictionary.com.
If a reporter can’t get a simple pronunciation correct, how the hell are you supposed to take their reporting seriously? Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
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