currently watching the utterly appalling NCIS. There was a dead body found, Snowtown-style, in a barrel of acid. The remnants of a tattoo of a dolphin on the victims forearm. Agent Gibbs deduced that this indicated the victim was a submariner. however he pronounced it “sub-mareene-er” (like submarine with an “er” chucked on the end), as opposed to the more familiar “sub-marin-er”.
so now i am left wondering whether this show is simply pathetic (why yes it is) or whether all americans say it this way (because if an australian pronounced it like that, they would be subjected to extreme ridicule).
nancy is struggling with the concept that women are not permitted on submarines (or to be “sub-mareen-ers”) – she was aghast to learn that when i was at school women were not even permitted on *ships*. this sort of thing makes one realise how much the women’s movement has achieved – you go sisters!