Friday, January 27, 2006

Pronunciation Rules

One thing I hate, is people that can't pronounce things (names, etc) correctly. Case in point:

Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, where astronauts Roger Chaffee, Gus Grissom, and Ed White lost their lives in training to fly the first Apollo mission, back in 1967.

Now, Roger's a home town boy, and there a street named after him (Roger B. Chaffee Boulevard), a planetarium (Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at the Public Museum), and a scholarship (Chaffee Scholarship). Needless to say, he’s well-known.

Now, a local television station did a story on the Apollo 1 fire. And the “news person” – whose name is Suzanne Geha – mispronounced his name, saying “ChAffee (long “A”) instead of “chaffee” (short “a”). This is not the first time she has done that. In fact, it’s a constant mistake.

So I got mad that she kept doing that, and I called down to the station and complained extremely loudly to the person who answered the phone, telling them they better let “Geha” know, because the science element in town were not going to stand by and let her screw up a national hero’s name.

I don’t know if it did any good, but it felt good.