Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Blame it on the yogh

So I listen to obscure songs on my iPod rather than political debate on Radio 4 - does that make me such a bad person?... Well, okay, you're entitled to your opinion, but I'm sure I can't be the only person for whom the most important question about the whole Liberal Democrat leadership contest is Why is Menzies pronounced Mingis?

Obviously not, because the BBC has been kind enough to explain the answer, and to do so with beautiful depth and clarity for any student of the English Language. It's all to do with sounds that exist in Scots (and did exist in Old English), and the way that the orthographical representation of these have changed over time. Swoons with joy...

Check it out. And if the BBC would like to answer my next questions, it's this: given the growing popularity of the word 'minger' has he ever thought of changing his name by deed poll?...

Why is Menzies pronounced Mingis?

2 Comments:

At 9:26 am, Blogger Nicholas said...

Now, if only the BBC newsreaders would only follow the guidance...

Nick

 
At 4:02 pm, Blogger Chorna said...

Not related, but today I heard a newsreader mispronounce "assess" as "access".

Thought it was rather funny, really. Or am I just mean?

 

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