scratch: But why does NPR say Car-NEGIE when everyone else in America says CAR-negie?
...she could tell from my mispronunciation of Euler's name that I was clearly just someone who enjoyed reading about math.
languagehat: That is actually the "correct" (traditional classical) pronunciation, because the -i- is long in Latin. I will never forget this because my dissertation director corrected me when I said it "wrong" in one of our first meetings.
In October 1937, the president of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, devised a simple way to identify the Haitian immigrants living along the border of his country. Dominican soldiers would hold up a sprig of parsley—perejil in Spanish—and ask people to identify it. Those who spoke Spanish would pronounce the word's central "r" with that language's characteristic trill; the Haitians, on the other hand, would bury the "r" sound in the throaty way of the French. To be on the receiving end of the parsley test would be to seal, either way, one's fate: The Spanish-speaking Dominicans were left to live, and the Haitians were slaughtered. It was a state-sponsored genocide that would be remembered, in one of history's greatest understatements, as the Parsley Massacre.
« Older "...a salute to the infinite..." | Give me a beat Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments