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Sort of gone off Herald Bombs because I could fill a blog every day on the clangers they come out with.  But I thought the above was particularly noteworthy.   Either they got it wrong, or I’m starting to get quite attracted to George Clooney myself.







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  • Effluent

    NO. Rubbish and gibberish would be the main languages spoken in NZ.
    Don’t laugh. I am a native English speakers, and have lived in the UK, US and NZ. I have to turn on the subtitles when watching NZ TV because of poor diction, poor pronunciation, and gabbling speech habits of the majority of the presenters, the younger female ones in particular. Joking apart, when you compare the speech quality with voiceovers from 50 years ago, which are crystal clear, it’s pathetic.
    edit for spelling

    • Richard

      You could always go back to the UK and convert to Islam.

      • John Q Public

        We all know he’s right.

      • Effluent

        Katie Bradford. Need I say more? I rest my case, m’lud.

    • R&BAvenger

      You refer to the days when the BBC was used as a standard and ‘received pronunciation’ was the model for public broadcasting.
      I don’t think there’s a problem with having folks speaking the local lingo but there is a problem with them speaking more clearly. Diction and pronunciation are imperatives for public broadcasting. They are is let down by the education system so it’s difficult to see that we will be FREED from this problem, but there in lies another challenge for FREED.

      • Effluent

        Agreed – it’s not the NZ accent that I am complaining about – that’s a different issue, and I make no criticism of it. Some of the accents I listed above are easier on my ear than others, and we all have preferences, but that isn’t the issue I am raising.

        My point is that when you take away the accent issue, some varieties of current NZ speech are simply incomprehensible.

        The real test is that in situations where the comprehensibility of their offerings matters, organisations generally choose presenters who can speak clearly, have good phrasing, and projection, whereas the broadcasters can’t be bothered making themselves clear to anyone over 30 .

        I just don’t think that clear diction and phrasing are considered important any longer, or that broadcasters even bother with voice training. No doubt it’s considered more important that the vocally challenged should get equal air time with everyone else, for fear of offending them by suggesting that their speech is in some way inferior.

        • Nige.

          oh no! I assumed you were making a joke about the low quality of journalists we have here! Oh well. Grab your ear plugs then! (dont have to worry about accents here at WO though do you!)

          • Effluent

            That too. The post was intended to be a little exaggerated, but seems to have touched a raw nerve. No need for ear plugs, and one more time ( the last I promise) it’s not about accent, but diction

    • Dumrse

      I think you are full of your moniker and stuck in a time warp. Who said the whole world had to speak like the BBC ?

      • Effluent

        Seems to me we both chose rather unflattering monikers. Anyway, I think if you read my reply to R&B avenger, you’ll see it’s not the accent I’m referring to, and I’m quite happy to listen to anyone whose speech I can understand. There’s plenty of kiwis who have the same gripe, if the upvotes are anything to go by. If it’s any consolation, I would say the same criticism applies to some BBC newsreaders, but not to the same extent.

  • Nige.

    if the person in item two were to see the headline in item one i think they might mistaken us for some sort of “pigeon English” speaking island.

  • EveryWhichWayButLeft
    • dgrogan

      That’s the best laugh I’ve had in quite a while. Thanks for the link, EWWBL.

    • cows4me

      Great :-) . I had someone in the USA ask me if we had telephones in NZ, I said no but my missus , a lovely Maori lady who was with me was fantastic on the signal drums, he was very impressed.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        You should have told them we have Little….

  • dgrogan

    For God’s sake, please do NOT rent this Bay Stater a car when s/he crosses the ditch.

  • Never in the dark…..

    Isn’t Massachewsa-whats the capital of Quebec or something?*

    Why don’t these people look at a map, open an atlas, (even though their accuracy is often called into question) use Google or Wikipedia.

    *Just kidding.