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Disinformation on TVNZ One News
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Willy Nilly
2021-09-21 06:26:15 UTC
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A few minutes ago on One News, the newsreader is talking about
Pfizer's new vaccine dose for 5-11 year olds (!) and she says
"Young children *really* suffer ill effects from the COVID virus",
with emphasis on the word "really". THE WORD IS "RARELY".
She read "rarely" as "really"!!! Outrageous fake news!!!

She had a sheepish look on her face after reading that false
information. They are openly lying now!
James Christophers
2021-09-21 07:23:46 UTC
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Post by Willy Nilly
A few minutes ago on One News, the newsreader is talking about
Pfizer's new vaccine dose for 5-11 year olds (!) and she says
"Young children *really* suffer ill effects from the COVID virus",
with emphasis on the word "really". THE WORD IS "RARELY".
She read "rarely" as "really"!!! Outrageous fake news!!!
She had a sheepish look on her face after reading that false
information. They are openly lying now!
Maybe so, but was her hear also as well prepeer'd as her vowels?
Willy Nilly
2021-09-21 07:34:46 UTC
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Post by Willy Nilly
A few minutes ago on One News, the newsreader is talking about
Pfizer's new vaccine dose for 5-11 year olds (!) and she says
"Young children *really* suffer ill effects from the COVID virus",
with emphasis on the word "really". THE WORD IS "RARELY".
She read "rarely" as "really"!!! Outrageous fake news!!!
She had a sheepish look on her face after reading that false
information. They are openly lying now!
Maybe so, but was her hear also as well prepeer'd as her vowels?
If she pronounced Maori words that badly, she'd be out of a job.
James Christophers
2021-09-21 22:25:05 UTC
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Post by Willy Nilly
Post by James Christophers
Post by Willy Nilly
A few minutes ago on One News, the newsreader is talking about
Pfizer's new vaccine dose for 5-11 year olds (!) and she says
"Young children *really* suffer ill effects from the COVID virus",
with emphasis on the word "really". THE WORD IS "RARELY".
She read "rarely" as "really"!!! Outrageous fake news!!!
She had a sheepish look on her face after reading that false
information. They are openly lying now!
Maybe so, but was her hear also as well prepeer'd as her vowels?
If she pronounced Maori words that badly, she'd be out of a job.
It's the orphan tongue that gets short measure so try as some may, when it's also up against the world's lingua franca...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/02/mayor-suggests-helsinki-declare-english-language-city-finnish

To return to the topic in hand: https://teara.govt.nz/en/speech-and-accent/print

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"NEAR/SQUARE merger:

"In the past New Zealand speakers usually made a clear distinction between the diphthongs in NEAR and SQUARE. In the 2000s for many New Zealand speakers, especially younger people, these word pairs have the same vowel. Many New Zealanders now pronounce both ‘ear’ and ‘air’ as ‘ear’; ‘beer’ and ‘bear’ as ‘beer’; and ‘sheer’ and ‘share’ as ‘sheer’. Air New Zealand is ‘Ear New Zealand’ and people sit on ‘cheers’." (Bill English to the life!)
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[My next door neighbour pronounces now as nee-ah. There's a young male reporter on TV1 News who speaks through tightly gritted teeth as if his jaws are wired shut - no open vowels whatever. Across the board it's solely down to early-life conformity through passive assimilation both domestically and in the schoolroom.)
Willy Nilly
2021-09-21 22:50:01 UTC
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"In the past New Zealand speakers usually made a clear distinction between =
the diphthongs in NEAR and SQUARE. In the 2000s for many New Zealand speake=
rs, especially younger people, these word pairs have the same vowel. Many N=
ew Zealanders now pronounce both =E2=80=98ear=E2=80=99 and =E2=80=98air=E2=
=80=99 as =E2=80=98ear=E2=80=99; =E2=80=98beer=E2=80=99 and =E2=80=98bear=
=E2=80=99 as =E2=80=98beer=E2=80=99; and =E2=80=98sheer=E2=80=99 and =E2=80=
=98share=E2=80=99 as =E2=80=98sheer=E2=80=99. Air New Zealand is =E2=80=98E=
ar New Zealand=E2=80=99 and people sit on =E2=80=98cheers=E2=80=99." (Bill =
English to the life!)
Even so, when pronunciation reverses the meaning of a sentence, that's
gotta be where the line is drawn. A younger person in the room also
thought she'd said "really".

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