iraq : Common Errors in English

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Want to sound like a good old boy who doesn’t give a hoot what foreigners think? Say “EYE-rack.” But if you want to sound knowledgeable, say “ear-ROCK.” Politicians who know better sometimes adopt the popular mispronunciation in order to sound more folksy and down to earth.Similarly in standard English, Iran is not pronounced “eye-RAN” but “ear-RON.”On a related matter, the first syllable of “Italian” is pronounced just like the first syllable in “Italy,” with an “it” sound. “Eye-talian” sounds distinctly uneducated.

iraq Meaning(s)

  • (n) a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq

iraq in News

  1. Iraq: No breakthrough seen in Maliki visit to Kurds

    ERBIL, Iraq, June 12 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's weekend visit to Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish enclave did not produce any visible sign of a breakthrough in Baghdad's feud with the independence-minded Kurds who're now exporting oil through neighboring Turkey.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: UPI

  2. Iraq Targets 4.5 Million Barrels a Day in 2014

    Official: Iraq targeting 4.5 million barrels a day next year from around 3.5 million now        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ABC News

  3. Iraq increasingly drawn into Syrian battlefield

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Signs are growing that stretches of Iraq and Syria are morphing into a single battlefield for militants, exacerbating Iraq's slide into renewed deadly chaos a year and a half after U.S. troops pulled out.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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