January 25, 2011
Congress to vote on pronunciation of 'Appalachia'
WASHINGTON--The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on another piece of controversial legislation this week. Following last week's vote to repeal health care reforms President Barack Obama signed into law nearly a year ago, House lawmakers are scheduled take up the pronunciation of the word "Appalachia." The third vowel of the geographical region has traditionally been pronounced with a short "a" sound by those living there, and with the long "a" sound outside the expanse. The pending legislation would uniformly require the use of the short "a" sound when pronouncing "Appalachia." "As a man with a hard to pronounce last name, I stand before you as a witness to the failures of a government-run linguistics model," said U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a freshman Republican from Jasper, Tenn. who has promised to vote against the bill. "This is legislation we don't need and can't afford. That said, it really should be pronounced App-a-latch-a."
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