On the SBS News (the SBS News!!) tonight, two different reporters mispronounced the word 'nuclear' in two different ways. One, with an otherwise Australian accent, said 'noo-clee-uh' and the other, with a British accent, managed the classic Bushean 'nukular'.
I think what happens is that they see it coming up and panic, like nervy horses in a showjumping ring.
This is an asterisk:
This is Asterix:
As you can see, they are not the same.
Just tidying up old emails and came across an exchange with a former academic colleague about the end-of-year marking we were both doing; there is, as any academic will tell you, an occasional email exchange with one's long-suffering fellows of particularly choice essay bloopers, thus:
ME TO HER: 'I can't believe I've never seen this one before: "... the third-person omnipotent narrator ..."'
HER TO ME: 'Ah yes, an oldie but a goodie - in my experience they can express outrage at your pickiness for insisting that omniscient and omnipotent are different.'