Dear Senator McCain: Please Get Your Own Semi-Annoying Country Pronunciation

Senator, you just called Pakistan “PAH-kee-stahn.” However, as Clint noted, PAH-kee-stan is already taken as an unconventional-and-semi-annoying-pronunciation. By Obama. (He’s already got TAHL-ee-bahn, too, for the record.) Afghanistan is still open for semi-annoying pronunciation, though, if you want it (perhaps you could start calling it Ahf-GHAN-ee-stahn? AF-gan-ih-stan?). If not, there’s also CHEE-na…or Cah-NAH-dah…

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.