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CBC above criticism?

Postby Stn Brk » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:15 am

This morning I heard a young man reading the national news on CBC-1. He pronounced Qatar as - Cat-tar. More than once, so it wasn't a stumble. He doesn't know that it's pronounced - Cutter.

Tried to find a way to get that information to CBC News but the old Comments section on the website is gone. Options include Facebook, Twitter and other social media, but they're set up in such a way that you're limited to comments on articles posted by the CBC.

Are CBC staff so sensitive to criticism that they've blocked input from the listening public? How do you learn proper pronunciation if there's no way for listener to contact newsreader? I don't want to bash the guy. I'd just like to stop him from making a fool of himself every time he opens the mike and reads a story on Qatar.
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Re: CBC above criticism?

Postby jon » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:04 am

It appears to depend on whether Canadians have decided on the U.S. or U.K. way of saying it:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunc ... lish/qatar

I have no reason to disbelieve this site which says that ka-TAR is correct for U.S. English.
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Re: CBC above criticism?

Postby Howaboutthat » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:53 am

As I recall, it was the U-S media, a few years ago that debuted the 'cutter' way of saying it. I recall doing a whaaa? headspin the first time I heard it. Recently I have heard anchors on both CNN & MSNBC revert to ca-TAR.
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Re: CBC above criticism?

Postby gtbell » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:08 pm

Many years ago it was pronounced Kah-Tar. When the armed conflict broke out in the Gulf the second time around American newsies started with the Cutter variation. As usual, that led to Canadian announcers adopting the Cutter model.
If I had my choice, I would go back to square one and start using the Kah-Tar version. Unless someone from Qatar offers a proper pronunciation that is used in that nation.
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Re: CBC above criticism?

Postby kal » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:22 pm

Seems that "cutter" is the closer of the two to the local pronunciation.
https://www.quora.com/Arabic-language-Qatar-Is-it-kah-tarr-cutter-or-gutter
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Re: CBC above criticism?

Postby Neumann Sennheiser » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:08 pm

It seems to me it took literally years into the war in Afghanistan (y'know..the one we're all still fighting) before everyone got on-board with "cobble" instead of "ka-bool" as the correct pronunciation of Kabul.
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Re: CBC above criticism?

Postby gtbell » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:53 am

All through school it was Kabool. Then we go to war and it becomes Kobble. I blame this and other pronunciation changes on the Americans. Also the main reason they spell things different(ly) than Canadian, British, Australian and New Zealand citizens. Ya just can't win with them! It's like they all went to Donald Trump University.
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Re: CBC above criticism?

Postby PMC » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:44 pm

Nobody mentioned the FBI dude, named commie or co may and then co me :)
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