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Pronounced Judgment

An email:

The only thing worse than being a moron is celebrating your moron-ness. I can’t believe you would actually attack Obama for pronouncing words correctly.

I believe my correspondent is referring to this post, in which I made light of both candidates for their annoying pronunciations of “Taliban” and “Pakistan.” Actually, neither Pahk-ee-stahn nor Tahl-ee-bahn is the “correct pronunciation” in English of those words. See Jay Nordlinger’s 2002 essay on this point.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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