June 11, 2014

I don't watch the news on TV. Can anyone tell me how to pronounce "Brat"?

I searched Google news for "how to pronounce David Brat," but I only got a few uses of the verb "pronounce" in phrases like "Immigration 'has been pronounced dead many times over the last..." I checked a couple Wisconsin newspapers on the theory that it's only the people around here who notice that there are 2 ways to say "brat." I found nothing but realized that nothing is sufficient basis to infer that the amazing Professor Brat says his name like the word Samuel Johnson's 1755 "Dictionary of the English Language" defined as "A child, so called in contempt."

By the way, remember the "Brat Pack"? Here's the old New York Magazine cover story from 1985, "Hollywood’s Brat Pack":
It is to the 1980s what the Rat Pack was to the 1960s—a roving band of famous young stars on the prowl for parties, women, and a good time. And just like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Sammy Davis Jr., these guys work together, too—they’ve carried their friendships over from life into the movies....
We easily remember Frank and the others, but can you remember the Brat Packers? Try to fill in the names:
The Hottest of Them All...

The Most Beautiful Face...

The Overrated One...

The Only One With an Oscar...

The One Least Likely to Replace Marlon Brando...

The Ethnic Chair...

The Most Gifted of Them All...
Anyway, since David Brat doesn't seem to be much of a Tea Partier, if he collects some followers, they can be called — perhaps they already are — The Brat Pack.

19 comments:

FleetUSA said...

Is it as in bratwurst? Does he have Wisconsin roots or just Michigan?

garage mahal said...

So Brat was a Tea Partier a few threads ago, and now he's not a Tea Partier?

Curious George said...

Ever hear of youtube?

Rhymes with "at".

The Crack Emcee said...

Good Lord, I want to sit in The Ethnic Chair...

Anonymous said...

Judd Nelson Robot says:

Sure, yeah, Rob Lowe was pretty, but I had the best hair, man. I could ACT with my hair: I'd read a script and find the perfect moment to have a carefully positioned lock fall down across my intense eyes, coming to a rest above my flared nostrils: I had the best flaring nostrils, too, I could mesmerize an audience with the sheer artistry of my nostril control. Directors wouldn't hire me because they knew they couldn't take credit for my nostrils and my hair, it was all me, not them, and so I lost out on some great roles, man. "When Harry Met Sally?" That absolutely cried out for a man with great hair, rather than some balding dweeb who has to make non-stop jokes to keep an audience interested. Hollywood, it chews you up and spits you out, man. I had the best nostrils in the business.

PeterJ said...

"Brat" is Irish for cloak or mantle. I thought everybody knew that!

BDNYC said...

I had never heard of this guy, and before last night neither had most of the country. It's amazing that we're still not even sure how to pronounce his name.

This had to be a simple protest vote, right? Immigration is a hot topic at the moment, fueled in part by Drudge's over-the-top coverage over the last couple weeks.

Anonymous said...

The regular way. (Source: youtube of his stump speech.)

I hardly remember the brat pack at all, and I should. It's like I got two cultural youth periods: the 80s and the 90s. After the 90s, I couldn't remember the 80s at all. It's like they never happened.

Without googling: ally sheedy, sean penn, emilio estevez. And all the rest, I'm not sure about. Post google: I see that Sean Penn was not a brat packer, but Demi Moore was.

rhhardin said...

The t is silent.

Danno said...

I think he should change it to rhymes with "ought", so the good folks of Wisconsin will vote for him when he runs for President.

surfed said...

Another one of us that doesn't watch TV news... I wonder what a poll would reveal as the reasons people don't watch TV news. Would there/ should there be a distinction between local and national news watching?

Ann Althouse said...

"The t is silent."

Life goes on. Brat!

Christopher said...

In a Breitbart interview Brat says "I'm not a total Tea Party guy" and it would be interesting to hear where he says he varies. But his core principles are right in the Tea Party wheelhouse, and local Tea Party folks campaigned like crazy for him, from what I understand (the national groups did not). I want leadership that's in favor of my principles: free markets, adherence to the Constitution, and equal treatment for everyone under the law. That plus budgetary responsibility and you've got your Party of Tea. He says he ran on the Virginia Republican Party Creed which states:

We Believe:

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations

That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense

That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.


I am now reading that Cantor didn't call Brat to concede. This is in line with other comments I've seen where Cantor and his staff are said to act like jackasses, so a little karma doesn't hurt either.

William said...

With the exception of Judd Nelson, all the Brat Packers made at least a movie or two that was pretty good. Judd Nelson was distinguished from the other Brat Packers in that he did nothing to distinguish himself from the other Brat Packers. He was thus the first celebrity to achieve lasting fame as a nonentity.

Alex said...

Obviously a racist, teahadist, Hitler and so on. He must be immediately demonized and destroyed.

MisterBuddwing said...

How about a YouTube video in which Mr. Brat says his own name? ("I'm Dave Brat, and I approved this message.")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXHcea5JwmY

Strelnikov said...

I believe it is pronounced "David".

Ann Althouse said...

He calls himself Dave, so it's Dave, not David.

Clearly, my inference from the texts was apt.

But thanks for the video.

Rick said...

Next time, why not google the name that you are uncertain about and click "videos"? Now you can click on one of the videos and pay close attention to how the news guy pronounces the name. If you are not convinced, embiggen the next one, and so on.