A boost at the polls from jōō'lə-rē?
October 10, 2008 9:48 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for historical examples of shibboleths used in electoral politics. Got any examples?
posted by dkg to Society & Culture (6 answers total)
We've beaten to death the nōō'klē-ər/nōō'kyə-lər distinction here (and elsewhere
!) -- and most folks seem to accept the idea that there are social implications/connations about the choice of variant used (though there is disagreement about whether adoption of one pronunciation or the other is a calculated political tactic by any given candidate).
I'm curious about other historical instances where a particular word's pronunciation played the role of a shibboleth, particularly in electoral politics. Bonus points for non-English and non-USA examples!