Site ColumnsBy Caillan
April 6, 2003 - 9:07 AM
There was a "call-in" on the radio the other week on the topic of pronunciation. Listeners were encouraged to ring in with the words that annoy them the most when they are mispronounced, with some of the contenders including "nuclear" and "kilometre".
It's particularly embarrassing when you find out you've been mispronouncing the same word for years. Until about 5 years ago, I always thought "awry" rhymed with "story" until someone gave me a right talking to and informed me it was "a-rye". This often happens when you read a word, but don't often hear it spoken. When I first read "wreaked" (as in "wreaked havoc"), I thought it was actually "wrecked", and prounounced it that way in my head, until, once again, I made an embarrassing gaffe and was corrected.
The issue of pronunciation is also relevant at the moment, because I must have heard about half a dozen different variations on "Qatar" in the last few weeks. I always thought it was pronounced "Ktar", with a long a, but I've heard everything ranging from "Cat-ar" to "Cutter". Again, it's one of those words you don't normally hear everyday, and then suddenly it pops up all over the place.
For those of you particularly interested in (or ticked off by) mispronounciation, here's a list of the 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Will time travel be possible in 200 years?
- Why are the Trek DVD so expensive?
- What did you think of "The Crossing"?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on April 5 & 6, 2001:
- Nimoy Donates $1 Million To Griffith Observatory
Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and his wife Susan contributed $1 million to the renovation effort of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. "Griffith Observatory gives its visitors that opportunity," the actor said. "It is a Los Angeles icon, one which we need to ensure will be here for generations to come."
- More 'Voyager' Finale Spoilers
The Sci-Fi Wire reported the Voyager series finale would be set in two time periods: the show's present and 23 years in the future. The site also revealed Harry Kim would be promoted to captain in the future timeline, with Kathryn Janeway wearing an admiral's uniform.
- Mulgrew, Ryan & Voyager Up For Saturn Awards
Star Trek: Voyager received three Saturn Award nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The series was recognised in the category of Best Network TV Series, with Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) receiving nods in the acting categories. Of the three nominations, the show only walked away with one gong for Ryan's performance.
More news can be found in the archives.
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April 1 was the 73rd birthday of Grace Lee Whitney, who played Janice Rand in the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the Voyager episode "Flashback".
April 5 was the anniversary of first contact with the Vulcans, 60 years too early! Zephram Cochrane will make first contact (with a little help from the crew of the Enterprise-E) on April 4, 2063.