- CARLISLE, Pa.,(Reuters) -
Two rehearsals for his prime-time speech on Monday were not enough to keep
U.S. President George W. Bush from mangling the name of the Abu Gharib
prison that brought shame to the U.S. mission in Iraq.
- During the half-hour televised address, Bush mispronounced
Abu Gharib each of the three times he mentioned it while announcing U.S.
plans to tear down the infamous jail and replace it with a new facility.
- The prison, the scene of torture under Saddam Hussein
and the setting for the Iraqi prison abuse scandal under the U.S. military,
has a name that English speakers usually pronounce as "abu-grabe".
- But the Republican president, long known for verbal and
grammatical lapses, stumbled on the first try, calling it "abugah-rayp".
The second version came out "abu-garon", the third attempt sounded
- White House aides, who described the speech as an important
address on the future of Iraq, said Bush practiced twice on Monday before
boarding his helicopter for his trip to the speaking venue at the U.S.
Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
- From Ng
- The article on your site, critical of Bush's mispronunciation
of Abu Gharib, misspelled Abu Gharib 3 times!
- I notice that others are also calling it Abu GHRAIB,
instead of GHARIB.
- Note - We've corrected the
spelling in this story.