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What’s in a name?

10/05/2013

There’s an old, and rather lame, tradition of deliberately mispronouncing the name of your enemy to indicate your contempt. Winston Churchill, for example, would always talk of “the Naaarhzies”. This was, of course, deliciously parodied by Kenneth Mars (as Franz Liebkind) in The Producers, here (at 2’45”).

Well, it’s one thing to say it, and another thing entirely to put it into print. When you mis-spell your opponents’ name in print, it just looks kind of – well, you know – sloppy:

green bay

Which prompted this correction:

green bay 2As it happens, the Green Bay Packers did advance to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, where they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

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