'Nukular' is now in the dictionary!

Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)July 10, 2006

Check it out.

nucular also appears in the Wikipedia Free Encypedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucular

I thought this was particularly interesting (cut from the Wikipedia).

S Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush (but not his father, George H. W. Bush) have all used this pronunciation. Jimmy Carter in particular had served as an officer on the United States Navy's first experimental nuclear submarine, and would have been well exposed to both pronunciations.

It has also been used by British Prime Minister Tony Blair..

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: The Urban Dictionary

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fishies(Ottawa z4a or 5)

At least Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary aren't authoritative. I think it'll be a good long time before Oxford or Webster accept 'nukular.'

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 10:11AM
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auntjen

I just cringe when I hear that unfortunate pronunciation. It sounds so ignorant. :-/

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 10:34AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

fishes,

I agree and I forgot to add to my post though that it's not in a 'real' dictionary.

Jen,
I used to cringe also, but am getting used to it because of all the fun made over the mispronunciation.

It does really get my goat though when folks argue that aint is a word, thus acceptable and correct to use. They say, "It's in the dictionary."

What they fail to read or realize, is that it is nonstandard or slang.

Sue

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 11:26AM
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mwoods

So if a group of presidents say "warsh" instead of wash,it will be heretofore incluced with an r? Dumbing down is alive and well.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 8:49AM
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auntjen

They should check a real dictionary out of the "liberry".

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 2:51PM
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fishies(Ottawa z4a or 5)

Oh, goody! This is one of my favourite pastimes - mispronounced words and faulty grammar!

My absolute favourite is "anticlimatic" instead of "anticlimactic." Anticlimatic implies that you're against the weather. Which is really weird.

Here is a link that might be useful: a houseplants forum discussion of grammar & vocab

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 5:58PM
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auntjen

Oh, gawd yes! I hate weather!

;-D

These drive me bonkers:

"irregardless"
and
"I could care less." Oh really? You could???

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 6:16PM
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ohiomom

Okay ... be nice, some of us aint got fancy edumacations, and we dont mean to dumb down the language. We jest talk this way ... "irregardless" I still like you upper ed ladies (and gents). I might have to refer to the dictionary more than once a day, but that is okay because it gives me 50 cent words to use.

Peace and love ...

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 7:41PM
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fishies(Ottawa z4a or 5)

Hey, now... only 50 cents? My words are at a buck now. Of course, that's Canadian :)

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 8:16PM
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mwoods

I don't think much about words that aren't pronounced correctly..heck,DH has a PHD in chemistry but says "warsh" because he grew up in Ohio and that's the way it was pronounced where he was growing up..in fact I used to say it that way. BUT..changing a dictionary is a whole other can of worms.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 7:41AM
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fishies(Ottawa z4a or 5)

Oh, but it's not a real dictionary - it's an online sorta-kinda-dictionary that anyone can submit a definition to.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 10:16AM
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