Language alert: “pundint”

Even Ted Baxter knew how to pronouce it.

Don’t know what a pundint is? It is a pundit – as pronounced today by far too many tone-deaf pundits. As usual, the speakers tend to be young, so this qualifies in my book as a genuine word evolution.

So where did that extra ‘n’ come from? Don’t know – perhaps it simply creeps in when people mis-hear a word and repeat the wrong pronunciation. And then it spreads . . .

7 responses to “Language alert: “pundint”

  1. Well, they they tend to be “pundantic” so the extra “n” might have been a linguistic carryover. 😆

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  2. Moe,

    You must have liked ‘Lou Grant’ when it was on. It exemplified that newspaper reporters were held in some esteem after Woodward and Bernstein; the show was made about the business; and you were in the business. Now of course papers are just struggling to be relevant and viable.

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    • No, Bruce; they’re struggling to be merely profitable. All else is now immaterial because of their overwhelming failures.

      Yeah, to my shame, I was in the media as well.

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    • bruce – print media IS suffering. In fact, a segment of it is downright expiring. They’re caught in a business model that’s not sustainable. Craigslist and monster.com and vehix have killed them. Classified advertising was always the financial anchor for most newspapers. Andn ow of ocurse they’re llosing real estate as well as people warm up to zillow and others.

      I think the big national papers will survive and thrive, although they may not ever be as big as they once were. NYTimes, WSJ – papers like that will make it. And quite a few of the small local papers will probalby do well.

      But the city daily papers – the very spine of the industry – they’re the ones who aren’t going to make it. Makes me terribly sad. My local daily, once a big, fat, vibrant paper . . . hardly anything left of it. They were once the source for the important local news, city, county etc. and that loss has bad consequences for us. And this is a paper with a few Pulitzers under its belt, but they no longer have the resources to sustain that kind of investigative reporting.

      They’re still relevant, but they’re no longer viable.

      I aslo think the newsweeklies, like Time and Newsweek and US NEws are headed for history. Smaller niche mags will probably make it.

      But our city dailies? Twilight of the old ‘extra edition’.

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      • Moe, you almost touched upon the reason they’re dying but you skimmed past it.

        Those local papers are dying – truly moribund – because they’ve given up most of that important local news, city, county, etc… in favor of syndicated content. I can read almost any paper in the country and get the same stories from the same wire services.

        The loss we’ve suffered is old news. The death of these businesses is immaterial.

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        • Of course they gave up that local reporting because syndication is cheaper. My own paper is over half synication stufff now.

          I can see the same thing happeneing to the partisan cable hannels – MSNB and FOX. They all seem to cover the same thing in every show. Mostly.

          I think the death of the dailies, while old news – you”re right about that, is material – my daily is still reporting from the capital, Tallahasse, and that is invaluable to me. I figure, though, that they’ll not be able to support a bureau there much longer.

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