Saturday 24 September 2016

'I intentionally used the French pronunciation' - Fidelma Healy Eames on #wiffycode

Published 06/07/2015 | 08:23

Fidelma Healy Eames has taken to Facebook to defend her use of the word 'wiffy' rather than 'wifi' in the Seanad last week.

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The independent Senator received widespread criticism on social media for her pronunciation of the word but she claims she was using the French pronunciation.

"I spoke about the dependence on 'Wifi' (English pronunciation) first, before I intentionally used the French pronouciation [sic] 'wifee' not expecting it in the least to cause a ripple! Quelle surprise!" she wrote.

She went on to explain that we're a nation that travels a lot and she was "acknowledging the dependence on and prevalence of wifi, wherever we go".

She then included a link to a website including different pronunciations of the word and criticised "keyboard warriors who have jumped on the bandwagon to belittle and ridicule".

The senator also said there are more important issues to discuss such as events in Tunisia and thanked the aforementioned 'keyboard warriors' for kickstarting her general election campaign.She signed off with, “Please keep it going on wifi, wifee, or weefee, whatever floats your boat.”

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