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How to Pronounce ‘Kirsten Gillibrand’

This cuts us up.

Nothing is quite as sexy as a strong command of unfolding political events. But if you're planning on impressing some hot young things at the bars tonight with your astute perspective on our state's new junior senator, you better at least say the name right. It's KEER-sten, not KUR-sten, and definitely not KRI-sten. An easy way to remember it: "KEER-sten drinks BEER." (Legal note: We don't know if she drinks beer.) As for her last name, you might think, "Well, it's probably pronounced like Gilligan." But you would be very wrong. It's JILL-i-brand. KEER-sten JILL-i-brand. Now go out there and show off that brain.

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