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What would the French say?

You say po-ta-to, I say po-tat-to …

So how does the new Miss Hawaii pronounce her name?

In her defense, Louisianans do seem to say the name "few-se-lay," not unlike Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier’s pronunciation guide, "fuscia-lei." But a lot of French teachers have got to be cringing. If Paris ruled on such things, it would be "foo-se-lee-ay." Mercy, merci.

 

Dads get their day in the sun

This Sunday, June 20, marks the centennial of Father’s Day, conceived by the daughter of a single dad. Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who raised six kids on the family farm. Today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 67.8 million fathers across the nation, including 1.7 million raising their children alone; men account for 15 percent of all single parents in the United States. Also in the minority: stay-at-home dads. The Census bureau found only 158,000 married fathers staying home to take care of the kids while their wives worked.

No matter what the living arrangements, let’s hope all fathers enjoy the upcoming holiday.

 

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