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Melissa Harris-Perry Pronounces Marine Corps Motto Semper 'Fee'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

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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KEYWORDS: corpseman; dopeydems; idiot; ignorantmedia; marinecorps; melissaharrisperry; msnbc; semperfi; usmc
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1 posted on 01/19/2014 9:27:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Melissa Harris-Perry has her “corpse-man” moment. Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 9:29:02 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Don’t forget Obama referring to Navy “Corpse-men”.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 9:29:09 AM PST by mkmensinger
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Beat me by 7 seconds!


4 posted on 01/19/2014 9:29:45 AM PST by mkmensinger
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wake Forest and Duke and no Latin skills?


5 posted on 01/19/2014 9:31:41 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This is the same girl who wears tampons as earrings.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 9:32:56 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She might want to just stop talking. It would be best for everyone.


7 posted on 01/19/2014 9:33:20 AM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Melissa, you ignorant slut.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 9:34:32 AM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I’d love to hear her or Obama pronounce colonel.


9 posted on 01/19/2014 9:35:21 AM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

oh please, you could tell her the Marine Corps motto was “Be Prepared” and she’d mindlessly repeat it, like they all do...


10 posted on 01/19/2014 9:36:21 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

When I was in, we generally didn’t contract Fidelis.


11 posted on 01/19/2014 9:44:04 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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... :)


12 posted on 01/19/2014 9:45:11 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: TheGipperWasRight

Oberst oder Standartenfuhrer.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 9:45:39 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


14 posted on 01/19/2014 9:47:03 AM PST by stormer
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

“Semper Fee” translates to “Always Charge Money”.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 9:48:03 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Melissa you ignorant ________ .


16 posted on 01/19/2014 9:48:12 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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).


17 posted on 01/19/2014 9:48:25 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: bigbob
"Be Prepared"

Boy Scout Handbook, 1960. Beside The Bible, one of my essentials.

18 posted on 01/19/2014 9:49:40 AM PST by onedoug
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Well that explains why in the movies that always say “CHARGE!!!!”


19 posted on 01/19/2014 9:56:22 AM PST by CrappieLuck
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To: latina4dubya

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.


20 posted on 01/19/2014 9:56:36 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: latina4dubya
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... :)

This is true.

















Although that does not, in and of itself, absolve Melissa-Harris Perry of being a drooling moron who wears feminine hygiene products as personal adornments.
21 posted on 01/19/2014 9:58:37 AM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She looks like a “rouge” agent!


22 posted on 01/19/2014 9:59:08 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Semper Fee?

Translated "Always Tax"?

Yep, sounds like a liberal Socialist redistributionist, all right.

23 posted on 01/19/2014 10:00:02 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: latina4dubya

That’s correct.


24 posted on 01/19/2014 10:00:13 AM PST by stanne
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


25 posted on 01/19/2014 10:03:19 AM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Perhaps she thinks it’s short for fee-fi-fo-fum.


26 posted on 01/19/2014 10:04:48 AM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What a maroon...


27 posted on 01/19/2014 10:06:12 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Hardastarboard

Yeah?

Well, you don’t know Scotch about Cold Fusion. / S


28 posted on 01/19/2014 10:08:37 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


29 posted on 01/19/2014 10:10:44 AM PST by jz638
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Oh my god, it’s hideous. What is it?


30 posted on 01/19/2014 10:14:41 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TheGipperWasRight

Or Brittish “lef-tenant.”


31 posted on 01/19/2014 10:16:30 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Semper Fee -Fi-Fo-Fum


32 posted on 01/19/2014 10:18:46 AM PST by johncatl (...governs least, governs best.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Someone should meet HER in ‘that coffee shop’, with ‘that hunter bottle’!


33 posted on 01/19/2014 10:19:07 AM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: nascarnation

She went to Dook? That explains it.


34 posted on 01/19/2014 10:20:39 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


35 posted on 01/19/2014 10:36:03 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jz638

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!

DK


36 posted on 01/19/2014 10:37:23 AM PST by Dark Knight
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To: johncatl

fee fie fo she’s dumb


37 posted on 01/19/2014 10:37:35 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Semper Fifi

38 posted on 01/19/2014 10:39:35 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; bigbob
Here ya go!!! Just because..LOL

"The GREAT Tom Lehrer: 'Be Prepared!'"

39 posted on 01/19/2014 10:44:53 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Milton Miteybad
Although that does not, in and of itself, absolve Melissa-Harris Perry of being a drooling moron who wears feminine hygiene products as personal adornments.

i concur...

40 posted on 01/19/2014 11:02:00 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: nascarnation

And to think she almost got tenure at Princeton.

Better to keep your mouth shut than to advertise your low IQ.


41 posted on 01/19/2014 11:03:54 AM PST by ladyjane
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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”.....


42 posted on 01/19/2014 11:04:54 AM PST by JW1949
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To: latina4dubya
I heard a recording on the radio of a choir singing Adeste Fidelis using "classical" Latin pronunciation. It was wild.

Eh desty fie dealies,
Lee tie try 'em fan tease,
Ven night tie, Ven night tie,
in Beth-lee-hem.

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!

43 posted on 01/19/2014 11:46:13 AM PST by Oratam
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.”


44 posted on 01/19/2014 11:50:41 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Tell her it rhymes with the MSNBC motto: Semper Lie.


45 posted on 01/19/2014 11:58:05 AM PST by DPMD
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Oh, to think some brave Leatherneck stands ready to take a bullet for this moron...


46 posted on 01/19/2014 12:01:57 PM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: Oratam

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...


47 posted on 01/19/2014 12:16:08 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She’s no more illiterate than our president.


48 posted on 01/19/2014 12:20:52 PM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: martin_fierro

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.


49 posted on 01/19/2014 1:28:42 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: stormer
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.

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."

50 posted on 01/19/2014 3:05:28 PM PST by nonsporting
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