Monday, August 25, 2014

Kris-to-bal , Kris-TOE-bal What gives?

I have received hundreds of e-mails and countless texts complaining about our pronunciation of Tropical Storm Cristobal. They suggest, claim, accuse me of giving it a Latin spin. Let me explain how it works:

The World Meteorological Organization is in charge of coming up with the names for storms. A special  Hurricane Committee determines a pre-designated list of hurricane names six years in advance. The names are suggested by Meteorological and Hydrological Services from North/Central America and the Caribbean.

As you can imagine, the names suggested cover the languages spoken throughout the entire Atlantic basin, English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.  This is why you may get a name like "Andrew"- English, Georges-French, Cristobal-Spanish , Van -  Dutch.

These names are NOT chosen after any particular person. 

When I worked at Telemundo years ago, we did not pronounce "Andrew" as "Andres"... we used the correct English terminology, and thus we do the same today with Cristobal.

Here is the link for all the names and their pronunciations for the next 6 years.
Hurricane names

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