Ask McFartnuggets: “How Are You Supposed to Pronounce Biopic?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
How are you supposed to pronounce the word “biopic”? I hear people say bye-oh-pic and by-ah-pic and both seem to think they’re right. Which is the proper pronunciation? -- Shelly from Rhode Island

Dear Shelly:
Considering that the word “biopic” is a portmanteau of the words “biography” and “picture” meaning a biographical motion picture film, the proper pronunciation is “bye-oh-pick.” It’s strange that some people would pronounce it in a way that rhymes with “myopic.” You have to question the logic of these people. Do they even know what the word means? If they did the correct pronunciation would be rather obvious.

I think the confusion arises because there really should be a space between the words bio and pic. You’re already shortening biography to bio and motion picture to pic! How tightly do we really need to condense these words? If you press them together too tightly that’s when people get hurt and start mispronouncing shit. Anyway, I hope that clears things up.

Biopics are becoming more and more common as Hollywood continues to run out of ideas.

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