Monday, February 2, 2009

New-clear. NEW-clear!

I just finished watching the excellent Channel4 documentary 1983: The Brink of Apocalypse, which deals with the events of surrounding the Cold War standoff between the USA and the USSR, and how close we came to full-blown nuclear war, seemingly caused in equal measure by paranoia, stupidity and an utter lack of communication.

What leaves me shaking my head is how the producers of such a painstakingly-made documentary can fail to notice that the otherwise excellent narrator, Gina McKee, repeatedly mispronounced the word 'nuclear' as 'nucular'. We've had eight years of this mistake with one George Walker Bush, but he is by all accounts a complete idiot. I'd have expected better from Channel4.


Anonymous said...

I just watched the documentary and immediately Googled "Gina McKee Nucular" to see that peeved anyone else as much as it peeved me.
I wanted to smash my monitor.

Anonymous said...

I did the same having watched it the night before last. The pronunciation was inconsistent verging on bizarre at times but mostly wrong.

What is difficult about "new clear"?

It really grated after a while.