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In Canada, we have a public broadcaster called the CBC. They are generally well-liked,
but one thing they do that bothers people is pronounce the word 'harassment' as
"Harrisment", for reasons unknown to me. This has resulted in this pronunciation
becoming somewhat common among the rest of Canadians,
to the annoyance of the rest
of the rest of Canadians, who know the correct way to pronounce the word. Most of
these annoyed Canadians, myself included, are not even named Harris.
I think it is not inconceivable that the popularization of the pronunciation "Harrisment"
may have led to an association in some people's minds between 'Harris' (the surname) and
the concept of 'bad', potentially leading to unconscious discrimination against people
named Harris. I suggest conducting a study to see if that has taken place.
if the study shows it has occurred, it might be grounds for a class-action
defamation lawsuit by all Harrises, so the CBC might be opposed to such a study.)
Reference: Facebook comment telling off the CBC for saying "Harrisment"
It's actually surprisingly hard to find references for this, but I guess it's just not something people post about online very much. [notexactly, Apr 02 2017]
Mistakenly charged for sexual harrisment [Ian Tindale, Apr 02 2017]
||I think it's just an alternative syllabication to avoid saying a naughty word, like how some will accent the second syllable in "pianist."
||Another variation on the theme, "hairrassment", refers to
all the troubles someone might have, that are associated
with trying to manage head-hair that has grown down to
reach the butt.
||Vernon,you know me so well.
I mean, No.
||I think this pronunciation was to convey the
seriousness of the matter and get away from the
many happy connotations that "hair ass mint" has for
||Much like the Canucks say "beau -tanical" instead of
botanical: many products so labeled have SPF 0 and
the Canadians were learning that the hard way.
||Are people named Harris unconsciously biased against Canadians?
||Looks like I got a bone from the CBC.
||Well have a bun from me, because otherwise I was
never going to get to use my extremely witty