"Sosul Security."

"Sosul Security."

"Sosul Security."

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Feb. 2 2005 6:29 PM

"Sosul Security"

A phonics lesson for the president.

This is undeniably petty, but one of the things I most dread about tonight's State of the Union address is listening to my president mispronounce, over and over, the name of the government program that Franklin Roosevelt established to provide a decent retirement income for the nation's elderly. Dubya insists on calling it "Sosul Security." I don't think this is a Southern thing, like "nucular." I think it's a George W. Bush thing.

Possibly the president dozed off in phonics class when they explained the difference between "ci" as in "circle" and "ci" as in "special." If so, I offer as a public service this aural tutorial from Donald L. Potter, who teaches grade-school English in the president's home state of Texas. In the syllables "cial," "cious," and "cient," Potter explains, "ci" is pronounced "sh." Potter has posted additional phonics resources here.

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If he's going to privatize it, at the very least he should know how to pronounce it.