So far as I can tell, as recently as twenty years ago and maybe less, this was no big deal. And then, for no reason I can see, a pronunciation which still seems entirely normal to me became proof of stupidity.
Suppose I pronounce it nuke-clee-ar....does that mean I've actually know more about protons, neutrons, and the details of their time with each other?
Does anyone know the history of how this got to be such an important marker of whatever it's a marker of?
And yes, when I think of this I count myself very fortunate that it's one word rather than my whole accent.
For a small casual study about the pronunciation of this crucial word, check out The Duck of Minerva, a blog I'm definitely going to be following.
Blog clue thanks to richardthinks.