The latest unspeakably evil thing the folks at the American Thinker have found Obama doing is this (via Weasel Zippers):
Another weird Obama pronunciationThat's right, folks: this is proof that Barack Obama is a foreign agent.
What on earth is an ohbee-guynee? Apparently it is a weird Obamaspeak pronunciation of OB/GYN (pronounced oh-bee-gee-why-en).... When President Obama announced the departure of Eric Holder from his position as attorney general, he also mentioned his "good friend," the AG's wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and he called her an "ohbee-guynee." Don't believe me? See for yourself.
... This is such a downright strange phenomenon, it almost seems as though someone raised in a fantasized USSR training camp for deep cover agents was inserted into the identity of Barack Obama and loosed upon America, a highly trained faux American. But they forgot to teach him the pronunciation of OB/GYN. Like those WW II movies where the German spy is caught because he doesn't know who Babe Ruth is....
Well, as it happens, Reason's Nick Gillespie brought this up back in 2009, when Obama used the same pronunciation in an online town hall. But a reader responded:
As a physician, I can assure you that "O B Guy Knee" is an alternative pronunciation. "O B Gine (rhymes with wine)", "O B G Y N" [and] "O B Gin" are also heard.And that's true. Here's a 2006 discussion at studentdoctor.net that was prompted by a similar experience not involving Barack Obama:
I was wondering if there are any regional or age-related trends for how OB/GYN is pronounced. I grew up hearing Oh Bee Gee Why Enn. Then, in med school it was Oh Bee Gyne. Now, I also hear Oh bee Jin, especially from older people. Does anyone know?Some responses:
I've heard it so many ways at this point ~ OB/Gyne and Ob Gee Why Enn are probably the more common ones.Also see this, from the message boards at the Straight Dope:
I'd heard from several people from the UK during a formative part of my education "obs and gynie" (pronounced guy-knee), and that's what I say. Pejoratively, in Brooklyn, I'd heard "obs and gobs".
The Texans appear to like "Jin"- we have an intern in surgery who is from TX and that is what she says. But everyone else I have ever heard (SE and E Coast) said "Gyn".
In my part of the country, we say "Oh Bee Gin's" or just "Oh Bee's" as the practice of Obstretrics and gynocology are two separate specialties, although somewhat related.Yeah, that's true about differences -- EXCEPT WHEN IT'S OBAMA WE'RE TALKING ABOUT!!!! THEN WE NEED TO IMPEACH!!!!
I work with physicians who focus on fertility and women's health. It really varies, but folks in the biz refer to them as "OB's" "obee-gynee's" "O.B.G.Y.N's" and "referring physicians" ;)
My father used to have some association with a magazine called "Contemporary Ob/Gyn" and he always pronounced it "OB-GYNE". Workplace was in New Jersey near NYC.
Huh. My dad's a doctor (family practice) and we've always pronounced it "O-B-gin." So you say the O, you say the B, then you add a "gin" at the end (like the liquor). Never "gyne" (to rhyme with "wine.")
Differences - it's what makes the world go 'round!