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Curtis Stone's Accent Causes Mayhem on 'Today' When He Uses the Word 'Nagger' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2010 1:34PM
'Today'"One vowel makes all the difference." That was the declaration made on 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC), and it couldn't have been more true. Australian chef Curtis Stone described a woman who'd submitted a question via Facebook as a "nagger," and Kathie Lee Gifford's jaw dropped.

Chuck Nice, seated next to Stone, and Rick Yougner jumped immediately to his rescue, enunciating the word clearly for Gifford and co-host Hoda Kotb. "He said nagger! Nagger!" they emphasized.

Maybe the women were distracted by his handsome visage, but they clearly heard another word entirely in Stone's accent.

Nice explained his own knee-jerk reaction to the almost-racial-slur. "For a second I was like 'What the hell did you call her? ... What's that go to do with anything? She asked about her marriage, all of a sudden you're gonna take it all racial?"

It doesn't help that nagger isn't a very commonly used word these days. And the momentary confusion affirms what our English teachers have been saying for years: make sure you always speak clearly to ensure you're not misunderstood. Even though sometimes you are anyway.

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