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January 19, 2011

Idiot of the Day: Steve Cohen

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:59 pm

I’m torn over why I should hate the guy more. Do I hate him for comparing opponents of Obamacare to Goebbels, or do I hate him for pronouncing Goebbel’s name “gerbils?” Decisions, decisions.

5 Responses to “Idiot of the Day: Steve Cohen”

  1. Tregonsee Says:

    About 10 years ago, the local politicians were trying to mismanage the budget badly enough to force through a state income tax. (Just about everything said about Tea Party members was said in much the say way by the same people about those who opposed it. The people won, and we are doing just fine.) Steve was then in the state legislature, and gave a rather nasty speech in which he asked What Would Jesus Do, meaning He would want an income tax. Needless to say, that shamelessness stuck in many peoples craw.

  2. Sigivald Says:

    The former, mainly because

    1) “Goebbels” really does have a more than superficial similarity to “gerbils” in the Kraut pronunciation

    2) Especially if you have the sort of American accent that adds extraneous “r”s (“Warshington!”)

    3) It’s never bad to mock Nazis a little.

  3. Xrlq Says:

    Nah, there’s no “err…” in ö or oe unless you are a Brit or New Englander speaking an r-less dialect. If you speak a dialect of ‘Mercun where people actually hear an r as written, the closest English approximation would be the “oo” in “good” or the “ou” in “could.”

  4. Xrlq Says:

    Re #3, I’d agree it was cool if Cohen had called him “gerbils” to make a corny pun on his name, a la Richard Gere (the myth, not necessarily the man). But I have little doubt Cohen thought he was pronouncing the name correctly, and would have just as eagerly called Goethe “Gerta.”

  5. Sigivald Says:

    X: I didn’t mean that there’s an “R” sound in the German (as you note, there isn’t).

    But the rest of the words sound pretty similar; “gerr-bils” and “goe-bils”.

    Similar enough to mock a Nazi with, at any rate.

    (I just can’t make myself care that someone doesn’t know how to pronounce German right, let alone hate ’em over it.)

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