Please Don't Lambast(e) Me
I love all forms of word play. Before Easter, I heard a local news reporter pronounce the word 'to criticize harshly, to assault violently' as /læmbeɪstɪd/, with the second syllable of the word pronounced like (rhymes with ). I figured that he had had a slip of the tongue, which happens. No big deal. The timing for a 'basting your Easter lamb' joke seemed apropos. I noticed the word only because the pronunciation seemed jarring to me. I pronounce the word as /læmbæstɪd/, with the second syllable pronounced like (rhymes with ). After tweeting the joke, I