#TBT…Droppin’ The G

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It’s Throwback Thursday…thought I’d share a blog post that someone wrote a few years ago— upset at my using words ending in “ING” but droppin’ the “G”… As you know, I’m #DigginIn to New Jersey and standin’ up for cops.  That means I’m makin’ sure the positive stories about law enforcement get to everyone listening to me in the mornin’ on NJ101.5 FM and watchin’ nightly on Chasing News.

It is not conversational nor informal to substitute an N-sound for an NG-sound. It is stupid, and obviously, for you, an educated man, a dopy and deliberate affectation. It’s not lazy, because there is no saving of energy in such a substitution. Indeed, there may be more energy entailed in thinking of what you should say but stopping yourself from saying it, instead to substitute something else. For instance, do you use -IN in verbs but not nouns (thinking but not something)? And what about verbs like “bring” and “sting“? Why think about when to use the NG-sound or substitute an N? Just say the proper NG-sound everywhere.

He also had some confusion with the correct pronunciation of my name

As an aside, how is Spadea’s last name pronounced? in three syllables, as spáe.dee.ya? spód.ee.ya?spáad.ee.ya? spa.dée.ya? spa.dáe.ya? Might it even be said as two syllables,spáed.a? More important, Bill Spadea is apparently an educated and intelligent man, who speaks fine NJ English, the best in the entire world, but who stupidly affects the dopy usage “-in'” for -ING endings. I imagine he wouldn’t dare say “endin” for “ending” or “thin'” for “thing” like “Ricky Ricardo” in I Love Lucy, but all too often Spadea substitutes the incorrect nasal consonant N for the correct nasal consonant NG.

Although he did have some kind words on my appearance…but clearly finds me a bit irritating.

The central figure / ringleader / ringmaster / boss in Chasing New Jersey, Bill Spadea, is a very good-looking man (at least facially; this program generally does not show full-height views of either male or female on-air staffers). But he is a little irritating. The mere fact that someone pleases the eyes doesn’t keep him from being annoying.


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