In the U.S., it's not what you say, it's how you say it.
So says pretty, popular Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who takes no pronunciation prisoners -- not even when the topic, 'women's issues', makes men reach for their remotes and women hunt for their hankies. A recent episode of her show, America Live, followed a colourful, female-friendly feature on the proper pronunciation of words such as crayon ('CRAY-ahn' vs 'cray-AWN') and caramel ('CAR-mel' vs 'carra-MEL').
Kelly, always the perky hostess, interviewed real newsmen Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs about an all-male bullpen held recently on Dobbs' show, Lou Dobbs Tonight. The bullpen had laughed off the ridiculous notion of 'equal pay for equal work', and quickly turned to the more important subject of how working women are stealing men's jobs and tearing apart the wholesome family fabric of the U.S. ('You ASS' vs 'You ESS'), instead of staying home sewing flags, wiping bottoms, and making apple pie from scratch.
In the heated America Live discussion, Dobbs accused Kelly of not knowing her place (changing diapers and breast feeding in high heels). Kelly, 42, who has a law degree and could have been a lawyer ( 'LOY-er' vs 'LAW-yer') but is pregnant with her third child anyway, objected. She was righteously smacked down.
'Excuse me. Let me just finish what I’m saying, if I may, oh dominant one,' Dobbs (whose age is never mentioned, but he's really, really old) said.
'Excuse me?' Kelly replied -- apologizing for her uppity behavior, but stopping short of bursting into tears and running home to her practically motherless tykes who wouldn't have recognized her, anyway. Kelly may secretly agree with Erickson that, as a working mom, she is destroying the American way of life, since 'women who choose to work instead of staying at home are hurting the family unit'. Still, despite her raging hormones, Kelly kept her adorable chin up. But when Erickson made it clear that it was Kelly's duty to toe the Republican party line, not the 'panty' line, and thus set an example for women in the U.S., Kelly was quick to correct him: