Auguste Pinochet

Is it pronounced “PEEN-OH-SHAY” or “PIN-OH-CHET”? I heard an NPR anchor introduce a BBC package using the first pronounciation and the BBC reporter used the second pronounciation throughout the package.

“My hovercraft is full of eels.”

Slate has the answer.

So how should ‘ricochet’ be pronounced?


Slate has it wrong. The correct pronunciation is:

BRU-tal MUR-der-ing DIC-Ta-tor.

Livin’ on Tums, Vitamin E and Rogaine

good one, Quix. That was a blast from the past!

Now the correct pronunciation is “brutal murdering extradited and lost his appeal dictator.”

I visited Santiago on business during the Pinochet years, I was there for a few days. The business acquaintence I was seeing told me that if I wanted to go explore the city, it was perfectly safe – there was no crime on the streets. “Muggers are shot,” he said, and he thought that would make me feel comfortable.

Actually, shooting muggers might not be such a bad idea in certain places. I’m told that one of the chief reasons there’s so much Mexican emmigration/immigration is that in most major Mexican cities, crime is reaching “critical levels.” (This from a website listing travel advisories for various countries). Can anyone confirm or deny this? And yes, I know that Auguste Pinochet was the ruler of Chile, not Mexico.

“I had a feeling that in Hell there would be mushrooms.” -The Secret of Monkey Island