December 26, 2022

DEC 26, mammalian wildlife: gerbils


Honest Herb takes offence (sub-type: verbal)

When the H gets pronounced in word herbal.

"Each hour, I'm observing,

My distaste is unswerving.

It unnerves me; not so with my gerbil."

Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022

Authors' Note:
Honest Herb(ie), a westponder admits that pronouncing the herbal 'H' in Britain and Australia may be the norm there, but he prefers the standard American way of saying it.

The Mongolian gerbil, Meriones unguiculatus, a hardy small herbivorous rodent, has become a popular pet. Originally a resident of Asia transported for use as a research subject, it was introduced from the US to the UK in 1964; its pronunciation preferences currently remain unrecorded.
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