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All Irish personal names :)
As a younger hereandnow, I had terrible and embarrassing trouble with:cognacgunwales (as in 'loaded to the')boatswaingaolannihilation
Anonymous 1 - Yes! Irish names. Siobhan - I mean really. Welsh names too - like the exceptionally handsome Ioan Gruffudd. (Otherwise known as Horatio Hornblower.)Kate - Banal is a good one becuase it's so, well, banal. It looks deceptively as though it would present no problems at all. Same goes for'invalid'- Anonymous 2 - but what a change of meaning!hereandnow - Oh yes! And we could add coxswain to the list. Boating terms are terrible. (Although they would not present any problems to Horatio Hornblower AKA Ioan Gruffudd AKA 'YO-an Griffith'.)--Susannah
I was tricked by Penelope for years. But surely the winner is Horatio-related... the yacht. e
Bearsden and Milngavie (Glaswegian place names: pronunced Beersden and Mulguy respectively)
My dad was born in Cirencester, which the old-timers pronounce "Sizziter."
Two that I have encountered in the last week. Antigone and the WA town of - Canarvon.
I guess... Tomb, vehicle, yacht, diaphragm, facsimile. Trust me, I'm a foreigner, I know.
All of the above words are very easy to pronounce for English natives speakers. If you can´t pronounce them then you´re not very bright. Non-native speakers are excused, of course! Some names are excusable, just about. The surname Ruthven for example, should be pronounced ´Rivven´, and Mainwaring should be pronounced ´Manering´as in Dad´s Army.
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