Another Useful NPR Internal Pronunciation Email

From: Mark Memmott*
To: News
Subject: Guidance on how to say Ebola

We’ve noticed some differences in the way we’ve been saying “Ebola.”

Here’s guidance, via the Library and Vikki Valentine:


*We checked with Mark before posting this. He sent along this reply:

It’s important to note that this is guidance, not a dictate from on high. We want to say things correctly, but we also realize that we have correspondents from around the world and that when they speak they may say some things differently. In this case, NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is from Ghana. She says “eh-BOH-la.” It’s natural to her. We wouldn’t want to try to force her to say “ee-BOH-luh.”

Related: First U.S. Case Of Ebola Confirmed In Dallas

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has hurt Liberia more than any other country. And within Liberia, no town has been hit harder than the primarily Muslim farming town of Barkedu, in Lofa County in the far north. Despite a population of just 8,000, the small, dusty town accounts for a large percentage of the country’s more than 1,000 Ebola deaths to date. The virus has swept away entire families — children, women and men.

In Liberia’s Hard-Hit Lofa County, Ebola Continues To Take A Toll

Photo credit: Tommy Trenchard for NPR

(Above) In Barkedu, the rooms of those who succumbed to Ebola often remain untouched after their death.

Apple, Inc. Removes "Bisexual" from Warning List! Quist's petition successful in less than 24 hours with over 1,000 signatures!

The LGBTQ history app Quist launched two weeks ago for iOS and Android and has already been downloaded 10,000 times in 60 countries. But when Quist’s owner logged into iTunes Connect on August 12, 2013 to update the iTunes App Store description of the free app, she saw the following message: “The following is not recommended for use in this field: bisexual. Your app may be rejected if you use this term.”

Quist’s owner, Sarah Prager, 27, created a petition asking Apple to remove “bisexual” from the warning list. The petition quickly received over 1,100 signatures from around the world thanks to widespread press coverage and a social media campaign. The petition can be viewed here. With this backing behind her, Prager emailed Apple executives requesting that they respect the bisexual identity by whitelisting the word. Her open letter can be viewed here. Within minutes, an Apple representative called Prager to thank her for bringing the issue to their attention and to inform her that the word “bisexual” is no longer a flagged keyword in the App Store.

"I’m very pleased Apple responded positively and quickly," said Prager. "It is important that we all stand up for every letter in LGBTQ and not treat the bisexual community as a spam word."

Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBTQ community, make LGBTQ history more engaging and relevant, let LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle, and promote organizations that make LGBTQ history today and every day. The project’s expenses are supported by LGBT-friendly businesses advertising in the app and fans’ donations. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Erasmus University by Bart van Damme on Flickr.

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I think this was one of my first posts ever on this blog a couple of years back. But, going through my computer to clean out some files I stumbled upon these again. This was one of my favorite books as a child, entitled “Dracula Spectacula”. Great reading for children and spooks alike!

Poetry by John Goldthwaite, Art by Nicole Claveloux. Published by Harlin Quist Books, 1975.

LGBTQ* iPhone and Android Apps (We’re) Obsessed With:


(Following text and photograph from website)

Quist is a mobile app that displays events from this day in LGBTQ history.

Historical events in the app paint a picture of how far the LGBTQ community has come over time — how we have been treated, how we have reacted, how our allies have supported us, and how others have worked vehemently to stop the progress. LGBTQ individuals’ contributions to society and events in HIV/AIDS history are also included.

The app was released on July 24, 2013 for iOS and Android.