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How do you pronounce the domain name?

Ahhhh, this is a tricky one! All of the BBC reporters mentioned above would pronounce the phrase “literal barrage” as “litt-rull bear-rahj”. Four syllables, first syllable of each word emphasized. Clear?

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So, uhh, what’s the deal with your site’s name?

In the spring of 2003, a U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein. During the invasion, I frequently heard BBC reporters in Iraq constantly describe “literal barrage”s of Anglospheric firepower raining down upon the Ba’athist forces. I thought to myself “Hey, that would make a pretty good name for a barrage. It’s certainly better than Up, Up, Down, Down…”. I checked whether the domain name was available (it was), registered it and, using EveryDNS, pointed to my home box running on my DSL circuit. Et voila, Literal Barrage was born.

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Who are you? What’s your story?

My name is Doug Stewart. Although I graduated from Lehigh University with a Computer Engineering degree, I’m not actively applying it on a daily basis. I work as a systems administrator for 10up. I live with my wife, son William and daughters Kathryn, Meghan and Gwendydd – pictures of the most beautiful children ever are available here.

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