The pronunciation of certain words in everyday speech has always been a controversial subject. Take a word like "controversy" for instance: most people articulate it with four distinct syllables as "con-tro-vur-see", whereas people like myself who were taught to speak correctly say "con-trovosee". It is, of course, a Latin word - controversia - which means my pronunciation would appear to be the proper one. Raise your hands everyone who agrees with me ...yes, yes, yes ... so that's everybody, then. Good. I win.
Learning to speak with diction both pure and true was actually a feat of amazing endurance on my part. The odds were stacked against me since I did not respond well to that particular manifestation of scholastic authority and the ludicrously deranged, wizened figure who enforced it - imagine taking piano lessons from Dr. Strangelove -yet I somehow managed to transform my tongue into a wrecking ball and I demolished those formidable academic odds. Not that I wish to present myself as some sort of elocutionary hero, but think of me as, perhaps, a sort of Shackleton of Sentences.