From its very discovery
by William Herschel in 1781,
the seventh planet in our solar system
was fraught with controversy,
specifically the wide latitude
of its nonstandardized pronounciation
deemed by many as crude.
Was it YU-ra-nus, Yu-RAY-nus,
yoo-RAIN-us, or, something worse?
Getting it right was crucial
in lofty academic circles
where the slightest touch of vulgarity
was deemed crass and dangerous
to one’s reputation, especially
if its pronounciation, even innocently,
smelled vulgarly like Yur-anus!
Copyright © Maurice Rigoler | Year Posted 2020
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