[ RadSafe ] The "Nucular" debate

neildm at id.doe.gov neildm at id.doe.gov
Thu Apr 3 16:25:25 CDT 2008

It is a fact that the dialect spoken during your formative years
influences the way your brain processes sound.  

I have so far found it a reliable shibboleth (self-referential term!) to
know if a Japanese person spent their childhood in Japan, to have them
say the word "wood". Native Japanese don't say the "dublyou" sound the
same way, so it comes out "uood".  And they can't hear the difference.
Not a statistically valid sample, but it has held true so far. For me.
The Heisenberg Principle applies.

When I took Russian, I couldn't distinguish the hard and soft "sh"
sounds, but learned by trial and error how to do the hard one without
hearing the difference.

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Neill Stanford
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 11:26 AM
To: 'Doug Aitken'; dckosloff at firstenergycorp.com; 'Danny K McClung'
Cc: 'Radsafe Message'; radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] The "Nucular" debate

"Wooster" is the correct pronunciation for the city in Massachusetts,
not the sauce, that is pronounced "wooster-sheer"

Funny, my experience is that many people that say "nucular" don't hear
difference. I had an engineer working for me a long time ago that did
He would protest, saying he got it right: "That's what I said :
Not good in a nuclear utility environment.

Neill Stanford, CHP
Stanford Dosimetry
stanford at stanforddosimetry.com
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