Skip to comments.Melissa Harris-Perry Pronounces Marine Corps Motto Semper 'Fee'
Posted on 01/19/2014 9:27:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
Call it Melissa Harris-Perry's "corpse-man" moment . . .
In a segment on the role of the US military during her MSNBC show this morning, Harris-Perry, quoting the Marine Corps motto, pronounced it Semper "Fee." Marines of course pronounce it "fye." Perry surely meant no disrespect. But it is a mark of how detached she and so much of the liberal media is from military culture that she could make such a mistake.
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Melissa Harris-Perry has her “corpse-man” moment. Ping to Today show list.
Don’t forget Obama referring to Navy “Corpse-men”.
Beat me by 7 seconds!
Wake Forest and Duke and no Latin skills?
This is the same girl who wears tampons as earrings.
She might want to just stop talking. It would be best for everyone.
Melissa, you ignorant slut.
I’d love to hear her or Obama pronounce colonel.
oh please, you could tell her the Marine Corps motto was “Be Prepared” and she’d mindlessly repeat it, like they all do...
When I was in, we generally didn’t contract Fidelis.
well, i know it is Semper Fi with the long I... however, if she were reading it “phonetically” in Latin, it would be Semper Fee... Semperfeedelis in the Ecclesiastical pronunciation... in the Classical it would be SemperfIdelis with the short I... :)
Oberst oder Standartenfuhrer.
Not to necessarily agree with Harris-Perry, but fi is an abbreviation of the word fidelis. The first I in fidelis is a long I and is correctly pronounced like the I in machine (think Adeste Fideles), ergo her pronunciation.
“Semper Fee” translates to “Always Charge Money”.
Melissa you ignorant ________ .
My local cable provider’s program description lists her as a political scientist. If she’s a political scientist, I’m a rocket scientist (the pointy end goes toward the sky).
Boy Scout Handbook, 1960. Beside The Bible, one of my essentials.
Well that explains why in the movies that always say “CHARGE!!!!”
And that’s exactly what she will say. She was simply falling back to the correct pronunciation of “fee-delis”, and didn’t realize that the Corps had taken artistic license...yadda yadda.
She looks like a “rouge” agent!
Translated "Always Tax"?
Yep, sounds like a liberal Socialist redistributionist, all right.
Could you imagine how she would have attacked Palin if she had mispronounced the word? She would try to use it as proof that Palin is not intelligent and it would end up on SNL and sitcoms for years.
Perhaps she thinks it’s short for fee-fi-fo-fum.
What a maroon...
Well, you don’t know Scotch about Cold Fusion. / S
mispronouncing Semper Fi as “Semper fee” or stating “this we’ll defend” is the army motto just shows off the host’s laziness. I can practically guarantee a google search was involved and no staffers on the show served in the military or came from military families.
As an aside, I wonder how many active duty Soldiers could tell you “this we’ll defend” is the Army motto, or that the big A army even has a motto. You know your unit’s motto, and maybe “this we’ll defend” is on the Drill Sergeant badge, but like the second verse of the Army song, it’s nothing more than trivia to the average soldier, maybe learned once in a smart book, maybe spouted off at a ceremony, maybe studied once for a promo board, but not likely well known.
Oh my god, it’s hideous. What is it?
Or Brittish “lef-tenant.”
Semper Fee -Fi-Fo-Fum
Someone should meet HER in ‘that coffee shop’, with ‘that hunter bottle’!
She went to Dook? That explains it.
As several have already remarked, she is correct with her Latin pronunciation, if she had said “Semper fidelis.” But if she’s going to use the short form, than she should pronounce it the way Marines traditionally do.
Either Semper fidelis or Semper Fi.
She is smart judging from her ability to have a number of different concepts going on...her use of that ability is severely curtailed by a lack of critical thinking, and a dearth of variety of thought exposure.
Saying Semper “Fee” means she is willing to give lip service to the military, but would never invest the time to see multiple movies where the phrase is used correctly. If she had, she would have gotten it right.
I knew it was Semper Fidelis and used as Semper Fi, but never served in the military. It is not that difficult. But she has never invested the time to really mean she respects the military, it is just words. BTW I went to a memorial for my last uncle a week ago. He piloted a landing craft at Iwo Jima in WW2. He was 17 taking many marines to their death and bringing as many dead and wounded back to the ship. He was navy but he watched the motto in real life.
Semper Fi Judson!
fee fie fo she’s dumb
And to think she almost got tenure at Princeton.
Better to keep your mouth shut than to advertise your low IQ.
Maybe it’s just me, but I was shocked at how many posts in here DID NOT know it is phonetically “fye”...
I just assumed everyone had heard “Semper Fidelis” many many times....
Even the Coast Guard...”Semper Paratus”.....
Eh desty fie dealies,
Lee tie try 'em fan tease,
Ven night tie, Ven night tie,
I don't know who these singers were but it's intrigued me ever since.
If anyone can direct me toward recordings of this nature, I would be very grateful!
I am beginning to find that when a woman wears glasses with big ugly black frames, it’s a message that says, “I’m a leftist,” and “I don’t care if this is ugly, I’m so confident that the right sort of lefty man will find me attractive even if I’m deliberately making myself ugly.”
Tell her it rhymes with the MSNBC motto: Semper Lie.
Oh, to think some brave Leatherneck stands ready to take a bullet for this moron...
oh yes! my sons sang this for our family on Christmas Even maybe 5 or 6 years ago... we do the Ecclesiastical pronunciation... it is silly but my reason for choosing Ecclesiastical over Classical is i just could not go with Weni Widi Wici over Veni Vidi Vici...
She’s no more illiterate than our president.
Re: “Semper Fifi” and pic of Al Gore.
That is hilarious! I literally laughed out loud when I saw it. Thanks for the best laugh of the last couple days.
It's short--check any classical Latin dictionary--e.g. Cassell's. But even in classical pronunciation I suspect this short/truncated form would be pronounced long "fee" , not short "fih", in spite of the otherwise short quantity of the vowel for the complete word.
And "semper" would not be pronounced "sim-pr", but rather "sem-pr"--there is a difference.
But none of this is Latin per se, but a modern slogan "sim-pr-figh."