A little diction lesson . . .

Psst . . . hey, Bill Keneely:

Dude, you’re from New Jersey. Quit trying to be all colloquial and “get on our level.” It’s not working.

Mobile, Alabama is not near the Appalachians or the Ozarks. Stop emphasizing both syllables like you’re Jed Clampett talking about his “Cee-ment pond.”

The accent is on the second syllable, and ONLY on the second syllable. It’s mo-BEEL, not MO-BEEL.

(And Bill, this is totally unrelated, but “momentarily” doesn’t mean what you think it does.)

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9 Responses to A little diction lesson . . .

  1. Mark says:

    I always loved when they had new news reporters on the nightly news in Huntsville or Birmingham. It was always fun to see how they would pronounce Arab, Oneonta, Killen, or Pelham.

    Mobile is one of those that folks seem to have trouble with. Since living in AZ, I have had a few folks ask if I have ever been to “mo-bul”.

  2. Vrouw_Jonker says:

    Keneely, Keneely, Keneely. Get it right.
    But, it’s not “MO-bill-eh”?
    Betcha Dave doesn’t mispronounce it.

  3. RevJATB says:

    This is from Dave’s bio:

    “Dave traces his interest in weather to watching the sky and the tornado from the wonderful movie, ‘The Wizard of Oz.'”

    Wonder if Dave knows that the tornado in that movie was a panty hose leg being blown by a fan.

  4. RevJATB says:

    Mark, is there any truth to the story that Arab, Alabama was supposed to have been “Arad”, after a king mentioned in the Old Testament, but a mapmaker spelled it incorrectly?

    Mandy Bennett told me that, but it was hard to tell whether or not she was kidding a lot of the time.

    “Pelham” always confused me, since people in Birmgingham pronounce the “ham” in their city’s name, as opposed to the British pronunciation, but then they DO use the British pronunciation for Pelham. (I actually saw a map once that had “Pelum” printed on it: I guess someone was dictating the names of the towns.)

  5. Mark says:

    I have never heard the story about Arab. I will have to do some googling.

  6. Vrouw_Jonker says:

    Another of our favorites is Cecil Marsh, ever since the good old days on the morning shift with Marny Stanier. Whoa, what one finds when one googles “whatever happened to her?“.
    .

  7. Mark says:

    From Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab,_Alabama

    Arab is a city in Marshall and Cullman counties in northeastern Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. The name of the city is pronounced “AY-rab” and was an unintentional misspelling by the US Postal Service of the city’s intended name, taken from a city founder, Arad Thompson. Two other names for the city were sent to the US Postal Service for consideration. They were Ink and Bird. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 7,174.

  8. cancerman says:

    Wouldn’t a better title be “Stuck Inside of Mobile (With The Memphis Blues Again)?

    How does he pronounce Birmingham?

  9. RevJATB says:

    I don’t think I’ve heard what Bill does with “Birmingham.” I do remember, however, a series of radio commercials that the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce paid for many, many years ago to promote the city. They hired actress Arlene Dahl (not to be confused with Arlene Francis of “What’s My Line?”). Anyway, Arlene insisted on using the British pronunciation throughout every commercial. I didn’t know if she was promoting Birmingham, AL or Birmingham, UK!

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