Pronunciation Debate

from the Arch Tippler

There is a an ongoing debate within the membership of The Order about the correct pronunciation of the word bibbing.

The root of the word is to bib.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Bib \Bib\, v. i. To drink; to sip; to tipple.
He was constantly bibbing. --Locke.

The word bib is related to the word imbibe. Therefore, early interpretations of it's pronunciation within The Order was that bibbing should be pronounced in the same way as imbibe, with the first letter i pronounced as a capital I. Because this pronunciation is the most traditional within The Order it has become the fundamentalist pronunciation.

However, since then our etymological researchers have discovered other linguistic sources and found that there is a school of thought which suggests that bibbing should be pronounced like ribbing. This may be the most academically correct, which is ironic as this pronunciation has been adopted by the reformist faction.

The Order has been using the fundamentalist pronunciation as far back as our records go, therefore, this is the accepted pronunciation within the older established lodges, and it is preferred by the 133rd Grand Master.