The Dubya Guide to Pronunciation

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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JUST SOUND IT OUT, CHIEF Rice, Bush • Foh-NET-ik FOL-ee : A draft of President Bush's speech to the UN General Assembly was accidentally placed on the UN website, and included the phonetic spellings the president uses to battle through the tricky names of foreign countries and leaders like Sarkozy sar-KOzee, Mugabe moo-GAHbee, and Mauritania moor-EH-tain-ee-a. When asked if Bush had trouble with these pronunciations, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino dismissed the question as "offensive." Wait, so DUB-ya does or does not know who the president of France is?

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