Can’t Take It Any More!
I thought “the cough” would stop if I ignored it, but it didn’t. How long does it take to destroy “the way it was” and make it “the way it is now”?
How long does a “childhood cough” remain hidden behind the alphabet, before someone notices?
At first it was only fashions. I could live with that. Too long, too short, too loose, too tight; who cares? If the image you see in the mirror doesn’t distract you, make your own stylish statement.
Then it was the vehicles we drive. What happened to the classy look of the Oldsmobile in the fifties? You could always define the brand by the look. Somewhere along the line they all began to look alike. I thought that was sad until the SUV’s came along and classy became “cool”.
It wasn’t long before the SUV’s agreed to share the road with the “Pick-ups” and the race was on!
It’s ok, I said to myself, so I bought a pick-up. Somewhere along the way, I began listening instead of looking. Changes in the language began to catch my ear; not my eye, but my ear.
The first word I noticed was “the cough”.
In the beginning the first word I noticed concerned a childhood disease. I heard it mentioned on television and assumed the person had misspoken. I waited and listened. Whoever they were; whoever they are, they’re still pronouncing it incorrectly.
The word is….”whooping cough”.
Say it aloud. That’s right, say it now!
You’ve just pronounced it wrong. I’m here to help.
Because it has become so important to me that the name of this particular childhood disease be spoken correctly, I’ve taken the time to look up some helpful facts.
The correct pronunciation is; “hooping cough”.
(say it aloud)
Now, pronounce aloud the following words after me; Whole, Whom, Who, Whose Whoever, Wholesome….
Did you notice anything? For the sake of direction, let me point out that the “W” is silent.
The “W” is also silent in Whooping Cough.
You’ll never understand what it means to me to have cleared up this confusion for you.
May The Force be with you!
Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck