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Do you think Thomas Menino (mayor of Boston) deliberately mangles names?

  1. billd01603 profile image86
    billd01603posted 5 years ago

    Do you think Thomas Menino (mayor of Boston) deliberately mangles names?

    Yesterday Menino was talking about the great education in Boston and he mentioned that "Martha" Luther King studied in Boston. Sports seem to be his biggest. He has talked about "KJ" and "Hondo" (he meant KG and Rondo of the Celtics)Wes Wekler of the Patriots and Jason Veritek kicking a field goal to win the Super Bowl.He also got Rob Gronkowski's name wrong. I think he does it to get attention. He also has been known  to mispronounce other words. He is not called "Mayor Mumbles" for nothing

  2. Jack von Faust profile image58
    Jack von Faustposted 5 years ago

    It's more fun to think this man isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, But I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt tongue

    1. billd01603 profile image86
      billd01603posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The man is a crafty politician. After all , he has been mayor for 19 years. He will use anything that works and this gets him press

  3. Lisa HW profile image70
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    I've always just assumed he is an "I-am-what-I-am-and-I-talk-the-way-I talk" kind of guy.  I could be wrong (I know), but I tend to think the speech "issue" may be genuine for him; but because he's local, maybe he hasn't had anyone on his back, telling him to polish up his speech.  And even if he has, maybe he's gone with the "I-am-what-I-what-I-am" thing.  I'd guess he's plenty intelligent and maybe "not into" some of the more "superficial" things that shouldn't matter when it comes to doing a good job or being intelligent.  Maybe he has a little fun with his reputation for speech "issues" when it comes to names - or maybe he's lazy about being more careful with names (as opposed to words that matter more and relate more to his work).  (???)  Or maybe he tries to turn what can be a draining speech issue (maybe to him, sometimes to those listening to him) into something that has a lighter side??)  In other words, I kind of suspect he's figured out how to turn what could have been a bigger problem for some people into something he won't let be a big problem, and even may have a little fun with. Those are my guesses.