I think it’s called Calliope Syndrome…it’s happened several times for me…like SM says above, it tends to be words from foreign languages…although Southwark in London was one for me…
I see, thanks! Although I now have to admit that I don't know how to pronounce "Southwark" either!
The word which started this chain of thought was "molybdenum", hardly an everyday word, which I'd always assumed had an "ee" sound for the "den" part but was wrong.
For years I said "Sean" wrong. And "awe" too.
At least you have an excuse as you're Norwegian. 😀
There's no shock in "awe". 😉
I also heard the story about a student who chose not to attend lectures and studied hard on her own instead. When she had her oral exam she was asked to talk about an education theorists named Dewey. She told the professor she couldn't say anything about Dewey because she had never heard of him. On the verge of tears she headed for the door. Just as she was about to close the door she turned around and asked: " Could you be thinking of Devvi (heavy Norwegian accent)?". They were and the student knew lots about "Devvi" and got a good grade.
That's the same Dewey who has the "Dewey Decimal Classification" library classification system named after him in the UK and other universities worldwide. A look at his Wikipedia page reveals the following interesting piece of information:
As a young adult, he advocated spelling reform; he changed his name from the usual "Melville" to "Melvil", without redundant letters, and for a time changed his surname to "Dui."
Source: Melvil Dewey - Wikipedia
I’m sure this has been posted somewhere…but tonight I’m watching a 1973 The Six Million Dollar Man TV-movie, called ‘The Solid Gold Kidnapping’…and this lady shows up in a casino, angling in on our bionic hero, Steve Austin:
Still looking just fine 🍸
That she does ❤️
Mainly place names and family names, especially when as a kid watching Bond movies…Bianchi, Celi, Auger etc. And where the hell do they get the pronunciation of Baja from?
Southwark is pronounced suth-erk - so it rhymes with the word ‘mother’ with a ‘k’ at the end.
I had to go there once as the company I was then working for was taking over a factory…at least they only reminded me of my mispronunciation 3 or 4 times a day 🙄🤣
I also worked with a couple of guys from Zimbabwe, we used to send equipment all over the country, and they used to pronounce places throughout the UK in some weird and wonderful ways…but I’d be the same with place names in Zimbabwe 🤣
Nice to know I'm not alone. Here in Scotland, we are often amused at Americans (and sometimes English) mispronouncing some of our weirder place names.
That reminds me that my late father used to tell the story of an American talking to the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw. The American said that the English language is all wrong and, for one example, instead of saying "shoogar" for "sugar" it should more logically be pronounced "soogar". To this Bernard Shaw simply replied, "Sure".
For years I said "Sean" wrong.
this name is correctly pronounced "Son", its tricky enough because its not spelled that way
even trickier because a shertain actor who shlursh his shibilansh has confused us all by mishpronounshing hish own name (like The Craw from Get Smart)
I had a bonfire today.
Congratulations! I had a snow showling and plouging day.
One year I threw my old bonfire on the bonfire. I didn't need it any more.
Hope you didn't use petrol to light it this time, @Napoleon Plural? 🔥
So I was at the dentist the other day and he kept saying "MO". I thought he was on to me for a minute but then I realised he was just talking about my teeth...
I don't get that.^
Yes, I did use petrol - but sparingly. Dripped some onto a long rolled up sheet of newspaper stuck in a mass of leaves and twigs But what really made it go woosh was that the Christmas tree was on it (a storm was predicted the day the bin men were to take it away and I didn't want it rolling down the street) and they really do go for it, plus it was a windy day.
I intend to use diesel next time.
It was just my silly joke that I'm named Dragonpol (a serial killer Bond villain) at the other place and "MO" also stands for modus operandi. It is pretty niche, I give you that.
Good to hear you'll use diesel next time. It catches alight much slower and so you can make your escape before it fully goes up.
Niche?! That and your Economic Times link on another thread (some rubbish that!) surely puts you on Barbel's watch list!
There don't seem to be any other moderators around these days.
Sir Miles is still around, NP.
Watch list? At my age I'm more likely to have a bucket list!
Oh dear, that's not so good. I just wanted to share the Economic Times link as an example of the kind of rubbish these big news stories generate. Anyway, MI5 have been watching me for years so I'm pretty used to it!
Just admire the courage of the digger operator on Iceland as the lava comes closer and closer!
For some strange reason I started wondering if the poems of Jakob Sande are translated into English. He was a poet living further south on the coast. It turnes out some of them are, but badly. For some even stranger reason i decided to fix the problems with the translation of one of his best known poems. I'm also partial to his poem "Finding a corpse", but you wouldbe banned from AJB if i sent you a translation of that one. Please don't belive I spend my nights reading poetry. it's just one of the best known poems in this country.
After A binge
Tomorrow I'll begin a new and better life,
I shall never again get drunk and cut people with a knife,
I shall never again shout while drunk on bootleg wine,
but shall sing spiritual songs in Zion's house of worship,
All the womenfolk I meet I shall shy away from like they were the devil himself,
And go respectfully past like a fresh-baked chaplain,
I shall sit like a monk in a missionary convention,
and drink coffee whilst discussing spiritual things,
There won't be anyone seeing me out in the darkest night,
I shall come strolling home without a suit or hat,
I shall lay down when the pig goes to sleep in its pen,
And get up when the rooster flutters and crows in the morning sun,
Yes, tomorrow I shall begin on that good path I mentioned,
Take up arms against the flesh and all the Devil's power,
But today I shall leave that for later, for I'm so ridiculously thirsty,
That I just have to have a mug of beer to wet my whistle first,
I'm just waiting for Disney to do a deal with Eon so that a film of John Gardner's Never Send Flowers will become a reality.
The incredible tale of history's only real sky pirates (and how they captured a Norwegian sail ship)
So that's where John Gardner got the idea from!
I think history made a big mistake by not running with the idea of sky pirates. It has so much potential.
I suppose that airline hi-jackings are a common form of piracy.