The anatomy of 'epitome'

August 16. 2017 1:05PM


One of Brian Regan’s classic bits is about someone mangling the pronounciation of a word he has never before uttered in public. It’s the epitome of Regan’s brand of absurdist comedy.

“I was actually telling someone yesterday about the origin of that joke,” Regan told NH Weekend. “I played football in high school. Friends of mine who played football played at Notre Dame. They had a classmate who was on the football team who wasn’t very bright.

“His girlfriend wrote his paper for him. And the professsor made this guy read the paper in front of the class, and when he got to the world ‘epitome’ he pronouced it ‘epi-tome’” (instead of epit-o-me).

“And so eveyone in the class laughed because it was obvious that he didn’t write his paper. Talk about the quickest way to get an F.”

— Mike Cote


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