Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 00:41:29 -0700
From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: Pronounciation of ...
The folks I know who say "relator" also tend to say "joolery" for jewelry -
but they're not necessarily the folks who say nucular. Also, of those I've
heard say nucular - they usually say nucleus just fine.
I wrote the above before I read all the other responses which also included
the jewelry example. So responding to the thread, I say joolree usually,
although occasionally I actually say jooalree. Grew up in NY.
Re the other examples; I (as pron editor) included febyooery in AHD (hadn't
realized I was considered all that prescriptive) because it is so prevalent
and accepted - whereas liberree isn't. When I was still in school, we were
taught that the definition of "correct" speech and pronunciation was that
which was spoken by the educated folks in any given area.
Sometimes, however, we more-or-less descriptivist pronchics still get
unhappy. At Random House, we put in the nucular pron because Carter said
it (referencing The President's Speech theory), and originally were going
to put a pronunciation modifier along with it: "nookleear, often nookular"
to be really read as, "and entirely too often".