While watching the Vice-Presidential debates tonight, instead of focusing on the personalities and the issues, I was struck by one burning question: Why can't these people pronounce the word "nuclear"? THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST AS I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE OF BOTH PARTIES MISPRONOUNCE THIS WORD. I understand that there are alternative pronunciations of some words. If you want to call your aunt by a word that starts with a like at the beginning of after or a like at the beginning of awful I can deal with that. But calling nuclear "nucular" is not an alternative pronunciation. It is wrong. Alternative pronunciations do not add a syllable where there isn't one. You can't add a vowel sound where there is no vowel. What is wrong with these people? Are they mispronouncing this word to appear "folksy"? Are they just stupid? Do they just not care? Do I have CDO instead of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) because I want the letters to be in alphabetical order like they shoul be? I know this is totally unimportant in the grand scheme of things but it bugs the stuffing out of me.