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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 97 13:17:42 -0800
Subject: Pronunciation Counts
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A World War II fighter pilot is reminiscing before school children about
his war experiences. "In 1942," he says, "the situation was really tough.
The Germans had a very strong air force. I remember," he continues, "one
day I was protecting the bombers and suddenly, out of the clouds, these
Several of the children begin to giggle.
"I looked up, and realized that two of the fokkers were directly above me.
I aimed at the first one and shot him down. By then, though, the other
fokker was right on my tail."
At this point, the girls in the auditorium are now all giggling and the boys
are laughing out loud. The children's teacher stands up and says, "I think
I should point out that 'Fokker' was the name of a German-Dutch aircraft
company, one which made many of the fighter planes used by the Axis powers
during the war."
"Yes, that's true," says the pilot, "but these fokkers were flying
© 1997 Peter Langston