Okay, I'm sure that a ton of important stuff is happening in Missouri state government these days.
But I think we can all agree that nothing is more important than a resolution offered earlier this month by Rep. Tracy McCreery (D), who would really love it if her colleagues in the Missouri House of Representatives stopped saying "physical" when they totally mean "fiscal."
Eternal thanks to the Riverfront Times for its coverage of H.R. 1220, which begins: "WHEREAS, on occasion, members of the Missouri House of Representatives have used the word 'physical' instead of 'fiscal' when referring to fiscal matters including, but not limited to, fiscal review and fiscal notes; and …"
Yeah. You get the gist, right?
It's just heroic stuff, and I, for one, applaud the effort.
"I feel like the word 'fiscal' is just very critical to doing our job properly," McCreery told The Washington Post. "And I feel like that's a word that we should be cognizant of pronouncing correctly."
This is McCreery's first full term in the Missouri House. The state's legislative session started in January, and her resolution was filed in March.
What I'm saying is, she waited months before offering this thing.
"I made it almost an entire quarter," she said, "which I think shows great restraint."
The "fiscal"/"physical" mispronunciations, which would happen during budget discussions, weren't a rare occurrence, said McCreery, who represents District 88, in the St. Louis suburbs.
She noticed it a lot — clear and obvious pronunciation violations.
"I thought, you know, there are a lot of different ways to approach things like this," she said, "and I thought it would be best just to sort of have fun with it rather than sitting there cringing every time I hear a word like that mispronounced."
McCreery said she has gotten a few suggestions on what mistakes to tackle next, but she said, there is one pronunciation-related issue on which she will not be taking an official position: the always divisive "Missou-ree" vs. "Missou-rah" debate.
"That would be like the third rail in this state, is to start a war over how to pronounce the name of the state," McCreery said. "So, I will leave that for people to decide on their own."
h/t: Riverfront Times