Gerbils vs. Goebels – May 21

My wife was reading a story about those cute little animals, gerbils, but pronounced it “gerbils”.  I said “No, that is that bad dude from Nazi Germany during WW II.  You pronounce it as if it’s “jerbils”.  She said “No, Josef Goebels has no ‘r’.  That’s the umlaut that you hear.”

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