Skip to comments.Host's "Concomitant" Pronunciation Freaks Out Freepers (Rush)
Posted on 04/14/2014 6:30:39 PM PDT by servo1969
RUSH: I understand, ladies and gentlemen, that my occasional usage of the word "concomitant" and "concomitantly" is irritating Freepers at FreeRepublic.com. "Yes, and if I hear that word and his pronunciation one more time, I will scream!" I guess some prefer "con-com-i-TANT-ly." At any rate, I was watching a show, a BBC show -- a fascinating show, by the way. I hope it's made available in America. It's from the BBC, about Kim Philby. It's a two-parter. I think it's an hour and 45 minutes each, whatever. It's an hour, hour and a half, maybe it's two hours.
So there are two episodes of a historian/documentarian named Ben Macintyre telling the story of Kim Philby. He was a Soviet spy in the UK who got away with it for quite a few years. It's a fascinating story. It occurred informant fifties, sixties, all the way in the eighties. Hhe died sometime in the eighties, but listening to Ben Macintyre narrate this thing, he pronounced some words in ways I have never heard them pronounced. I had to rewind one thing three or four times to hear it, 'cause dovetailed with what the captioning said.
We pronounce the word "controversy." He said it "con-TRO-ve-see," as in the "controversy that Philby found himself in the midst of..." I said, "Wait. What is that?" It's just like in the old NBC days. I'm talking about the David Sarnoff days. When you wanted to try out to be a staff announcer at NBC, they gave you a pronunciation test, and if they gave you the word c-o-n-s-u-m-m-a-t-e, most people pronounce that "consummate." Ah, ah, ah! If you were taking the old NBC staff announcer test, if you didn't pronounce it "con-SUM-it," you failed. "Con-SUM-it" was the way it was pronounced then.
"Con-TRO-ve-see " is the way the Brits, apparently some of them, pronounce "controversy." There's "ad-VERT-tis-ment," and "advert" is the British word for commercial or spot. The British say everything wrong, but now people are all over me for "concomitantly" and the way I'm pronouncing it. They want "con-com-i-TANT-ly." That's the way some people want me to pronounce it. Screw all of you! You know what the word is. The thing is, when I started using it, everybody here thought I had made up a word. You Freepers at least know it's a word. (laughing) Now the staff's saying, "Gee, thanks, for making us look like idiots."
I'm just joking here, but the Freepers are really upset here, apparently, by the way I'm pronouncing it.
RUSH: If you can, go back, find an old dictionary, and look up the original pronunciation the word "espionage." It used to be "es-PI-on-age." Henry Cabot Lodge even once pronounced it that way, "es-PI-on-age," to go along with "con-com-i-TANT." Is that better, folks? "con-com-i-TANT-ly"?
Everyone needs show prep.
First I’ve heard about it.
My achilly’s tendon has been ailing me so I might have been distracted.
But I am irritated by the 'as the program unfolds' line he uses every first hour.
To make matters worse Hannity now uses it.
Why was there a FReeper FReakout and moi was not invited? I certainly didn’t get the memo. I want to be on the freakout ping list whoever is running it.
“So, I guess Rush drops by occasionally.”
He needs a place to get new good ideas!
LMAO off in my car while driving. Smooth move Rush..pissing off Freepers?
No. I think he was telling us that he read all of the harry/rory/bundy posts. I thought it clever.
Everyone mispronounced “Forte” so much that I think it has become acceptable. Anyway it is pronounced “fort” unless you are using it as a musical term.
I think the last time I looked it up, for-tay has been listed as an alternate pronunciation but for most of my life that was not an acceptable sound.
What cracks me up is that on Top Gear UK they call the color maroon or burgandy, Brown.
living in the the USA.
Let Quebec succeed.
No doubt! He and his researchers know where to go, to find it first.
Ya gotta put that in the Friday Silliness thread. LOL!
I freaking love Rush, but there is one thing he does that REALLLLY bugs me:
He hugely abuses the word, “literally”.
He uses that word incorrectly 10 times or more DAILY.
Love him (been with him since I was a tyke in Sacto, near the racetrack and UFO domes he broadcast behind) but this BUGS THE HELL OUT OF ME.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
I am watching James May at this very moment “Man Lab”.
How about the way the brain dead sports morons pronounce “Notre Dame”? (Noter daim)
I remember just barely being able to hear Rush here in Marin county ....if the wind was blwoing in the right direction
Yes, Rush, let’s denigrate Freepers as being in the weeds over a word no one cares about.
And then forget to say that it was FR that made the connection between Harry Reid, Rory Reid, the BLM deputy director and the solar farm deal with the Chinese.
If that connection was not made, Federal agents were prepared to fire on American citizens of all ages—men, women and children.
The stupidity came to a halt when Harry Reid was exposed, and Dingy Harry is very mad about that.
But yeah, we’re all just PIA pronunciation and grammar purists here at FR, great for slamming for a cheap laugh.
BTW, you’re welcome for the show prep.
“Krunkygirl, please report to the new Rush thread.”
You’ve been paged.
Saw the rotarys in the yard on the way over to Reno a couple of years back.
McClellan seems to be overcome by development.
I’ve got Top Gear on now.
James May is great!
Is your first name Piers?
A nod from Rush or a frown is a treat either way:)
You're in trouble now....
It was a completely good-natured wink and nod at us.
He rarely tells the world his sources for his own show prep—he always jokes he’s the show prep for the MSM.
It’s a huge compliment.
At least we know he monitors our opinion.
AFAIK, for-tay is the usual pronunciation, here in (bilingual) Canada. That is, unless you’re talking about a building used for defense.
I learned the term in a musical context as a youngster, long before I ever heard or read it used in any other way, so I naturally use the Italian pronunciation.
I’m with you, Rush!
The grammar police on this site are out of control!
A.M. radio would today have still been a backwater for weather kooks and emergency signals, were it not for Rush.
Before Rush when there was talk about news matters, schizophrenia was EXPECTED: the hosts had to say the news topic at hand was good, and right after you had to say it was bad —super weird and boring for listeners, but it provided a weird “balance” that was the fashion of the day.
But then RUSH ARRRIVED:
Rush didn’t do any of that —he just laid it right out with any of the normal silly, annoying parsley, and a local Sacramento liberal listener was so surprised and angry at these new things he was hearing out if his radio (from Rush) that he DROVE TO THE STATION..!
He had a BUTCHER KNIFE and he was trying to break through the front door of the station to start killing people...!
The management realized they had something very new and powerful on their hands, and they replaced and radically strengthened all their windows and doors.
They had to change their security protocols at the station very much.
People would drive for many miles around in order to catch sight of the amazing phenom, Rush Limbaugh.
Decades later very many people can still remember exactly what they were doing the first time they heard Rush saying these amazing things on the radio —things they had long believed they were alone in thinking.
Back when I had access to a DVR, one of the shows I recorded off RFD-TV was the Alberta Farm Report. I always found it interesting how Canadians pronounce the word “produce” (being used to describe fruits and vegetables). Where I come from the “o” is a “long vowel”... pronounced Proh-doos. The Canadians pronounce it as a “short o”... as in “Prah-doos”.
This morning I was listening to some Christian programming on the AM band and he was a Canadian... and he pronounced another word backwards from me... it’s was another “pro” word... but this time I would have said Prah... and they said Proh... wish I could remember the word.
ANYWAYS... Rush pronounces the word “schedule” funny, BUT if he ever said it like I do... I would be very disappointed.
I say Con-COM-itantly. There are numerous regional accents in the U.S., and I spent most of my younger days around Boston, with a rather British accent. Would it be better if I grew up on Lon-Gisland, or in New Joisey?
I fail to see why I should be guided in pronunciation by a bunch of radio and TV announcers, mostly left-wing idiots, as if they knew the language better than I do.
I remember hearing him way back then and thinking “who is this guy? He thinks like me”.
Literally, Rush caught that within a minute or two of KrunkyGirl’s posting.
It was in the daily Rush thread.
Very cool. Thanks for the hat tip, Rush!
But then again the Brits call a car hood a bonnet and a screwdriver a spanner...
Rush is indirectly TELLING us he sometimes drops in —huuugely flattering.
I can’t believe some folks here are not seeing what this really is...
I say ‘con COM i tant’ -
A spanner is a wrench, at least amongst the Brits I’ve worked with.
why, thanks, Rush !
I was there but stepped out and missed the whole thing LOL.
Wrench. Meant to write wrench.
Hey Rush, I know you were tweaking us today by pronouncing sniper with a short i.
My dad used to mess around with the renunciation of words too. Made my mom furious.
“Don’t DO that” she’d say. “People won’t know your kidding and think you’re stupid”.
I thought America closed its borders to white, English speaking Europeans decades ago?