August 29, 2005

Never mind the storm surge, watch out for those toponyms

In the midst of the disaster, some people are still worried about usage and pronunciation:

When this is over, someone please tell Tucker Carlson and the other national newscasters that "St. Louis" is in Missouri, and we call our town "Bay St. Louis". Hope they don't try to pronounce Pascagoula, Gautier, or Delisle.

Here's hoping that Tucker Carlson's misrendering of toponymic shibboleths is the worst damage they suffer.

Posted by Mark Liberman at August 29, 2005 08:22 AM