Sunday, September 26, 2004

PNEUMONIC

TNT announcer: "Next, on TNT, Keanu Reeves is Johnny Pneumonic."

A word to the TV announcer on TNT:

Just because Keanu Reeves can't tell the difference between "Mnemonic" and "Pneumonic," doesn't mean the viewers won't discern the difference between the two words. If pronounced correctly, they're not even homophones. Maybe Announcerman figures that the more discerning viewers have already gone to sleep. And he wouldn't exactly be wrong...

5 Comments:

At 1:55 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger Susan said...

Yeah, but the people who really count are still awake. :)

 
At 1:59 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger singlegalnyc said...

Sounds like PNEUMONIDIOT to me.
Sorry to offend our hot friend Keanu, but I'm one of those nitpicky grammarians.
Why was he attempting to use mnemonic in a sentence to the press anyway?! That's odd word choice for a celebrity. I guess the least we can do is give him props for his (miserably failed) effort.

 
At 11:07 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Wow, good to know Draydel-lady's still up. And singlegal, I'm totally with you, obviously. But just to clarify, I didn't intend to slander Mr. "Because We Are" Reeves (a Hebrew joke for all you Hebrew speakers out there) by implying that he doesn't know this word. It was the announcer's error: he clearly said "pneumonic"--but I'm sure that Keanu was able to memorize the words even if he doesn't understand them. Maybe he could use a "pneumonic device."

 
At 11:18 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger Kristin said...

Ooh, I hear you!

Though I don't ever really bother with my spellcheck (I know I spell the same 6 words wrong all the time) mispronunciation/misuse of words drive me insane.

My boss used to always say "eluding to" (meaning "alluding to" but using it in the wrong context.)

And Keanu...I think he's gay, but yum!

 
At 10:57 AM, September 27, 2004, Blogger Bronco Buddha said...

There's a football team from Jacksonville called the Jaguars. They were on tv last week and the announcer insisted (repeatedly, over my progressivley more vociferous objections to the television) on pronouncing the team nickname as Jag-wires.

It is almost as bad as when someone tries to axe me a question (I always say no because I don't like the sight of blood).

 

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

PNEUMONIC

TNT announcer: "Next, on TNT, Keanu Reeves is Johnny Pneumonic."

A word to the TV announcer on TNT:

Just because Keanu Reeves can't tell the difference between "Mnemonic" and "Pneumonic," doesn't mean the viewers won't discern the difference between the two words. If pronounced correctly, they're not even homophones. Maybe Announcerman figures that the more discerning viewers have already gone to sleep. And he wouldn't exactly be wrong...

5 Comments:

At 1:55 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger Susan said...

Yeah, but the people who really count are still awake. :)

 
At 1:59 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger singlegalnyc said...

Sounds like PNEUMONIDIOT to me.
Sorry to offend our hot friend Keanu, but I'm one of those nitpicky grammarians.
Why was he attempting to use mnemonic in a sentence to the press anyway?! That's odd word choice for a celebrity. I guess the least we can do is give him props for his (miserably failed) effort.

 
At 11:07 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Wow, good to know Draydel-lady's still up. And singlegal, I'm totally with you, obviously. But just to clarify, I didn't intend to slander Mr. "Because We Are" Reeves (a Hebrew joke for all you Hebrew speakers out there) by implying that he doesn't know this word. It was the announcer's error: he clearly said "pneumonic"--but I'm sure that Keanu was able to memorize the words even if he doesn't understand them. Maybe he could use a "pneumonic device."

 
At 11:18 AM, September 26, 2004, Blogger Kristin said...

Ooh, I hear you!

Though I don't ever really bother with my spellcheck (I know I spell the same 6 words wrong all the time) mispronunciation/misuse of words drive me insane.

My boss used to always say "eluding to" (meaning "alluding to" but using it in the wrong context.)

And Keanu...I think he's gay, but yum!

 
At 10:57 AM, September 27, 2004, Blogger Bronco Buddha said...

There's a football team from Jacksonville called the Jaguars. They were on tv last week and the announcer insisted (repeatedly, over my progressivley more vociferous objections to the television) on pronouncing the team nickname as Jag-wires.

It is almost as bad as when someone tries to axe me a question (I always say no because I don't like the sight of blood).

 

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