Letters: Knockoff Fashion and Pronouncing 'Nuclear'

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Listeners share their thoughts on "knockoff" fashion and weigh in on the correct pronunciation of the word "nuclear."

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm John Ydstie in Washington.

It's Tuesday and time to read from your e-mails and blog comments.

Our show on knockoff fashion touched many of our fashion savvy listeners who revealed a complicated moral equation.

A blog comment from Cece(ph) read: Would I buy a knockoff? Not a chance. The redeeming feature of any name brand product is the quality, which is lost if the product is knocked off. Besides if I knowingly purchase a knockoff product, that would make me just as much a thief as the factory who stole the pattern of the knockoff. Would it not?

Others professed their undying love for a cheaper couture. Kurt(ph) wrote us about his designer golf caps. I have a number of designer hats that I'm sure are knockoffs. They were three bucks each, though there wasn't much pretense of authenticity. They might have come out of the same factory that made the real ones. But I wasn't going to pay 40 or $50 for a real one anyway. So considering that I'm acting as a billboard for the brand, who is injured?

And a number of you became pronouncer prosecutors on the blog this week when Glenn Kessler, talking about his new book on Condoleezza Rice, mispronounced the word nuclear, many of the listeners were horrified.

One listener, Karen(ph), commented: How disappointing. Mr. Kessler, an educated man, I presume, has repeatedly said nuculer(ph). I am crushed.

Glenn Kessler read the blog comments and explained, I'm sorry if anyone was offended by the way I pronounced nuclear. I stumble over certain vowel combinations, but this is the first time anyone has pointed out this particular problem to me. I will be conscious of it in the future. I hope you still consider reading "The Confidante." I type better than I speak.

If you have comments, questions or corrections for us, from nuculer to nuclear, the best way to reach us is by e-mail. Our address is talk@npr.org. Please let us know where you're writing from and give us some help on how to pronounce your name.

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