Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Bit of Political Pedantry

Two women with not garden variety first names are among the presidential wannabes in the Democratic party: Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris. Since their names will be mentioned often in the coming months, it would nice if those speaking of them would pronounce their names correctly.

First, Kirsten Gillibrand. The first syllable of Kirsten does not sound like cur. Instead, it rhymes with ear and clear and near. To hear it pronounced correctly, click here

Then there's Kamala Harris. Kamala does not rhyme with Pamela. The first syllable of Kamala, as do all the syllables, rhymes with baa and spa and rah. To hear it pronounced correctly, by Kamala Harris herself if you watch long enough, click here.  

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