ME: Is John Kasich Serbian?
NICK: It sure as hell sounds like he is. Kah-sich. That’s how we say it, Kah-sich.
ME: Then why does he pronounce it Case-ik?
NICK: Who the hell knows, but it’s not right. He’s not saying it right.
It’s like that golfer, Matt Kuchar. He pronounces his name Koo-cher. Now I know Kuchar because there was a big Bulgarian grocery store owner in my early days named Kuchar. Pronounced Kooch-are. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Kooch-are, not Koo-cher. I got so damned mad when I heard the announcers calling him Koo-cher, I wanted to call the PGA. Get the PGA on the phone and say hey, cut it out, this is NOT his name.
ME: But it’s probably how he pronounces it himself.
NICK: I don’t give a damn how he pronounces it, it’s not right.