January 17, 2016

Eglwyswrw

Does there exist a small town in Wales whose name can be pronounced by outsiders? Sometimes I wonder.

The town of Eglwyswrw is in the news because it rains there a lot. Which ain't the worst thing to be known for; it's better than being the site of a toxic waste leak, for instance. I'm just wondering how the hell you pronounce the name of the place.

I think they're doing it on purpose to make English speakers took foolish when they try to say it.

UPDATE: I'm not even quite sure how to pronounce "Portmeirion".

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1 Maybe "Eglwyswrw" is an ancient Druidic incantation to summon rain...

Posted by: Siergen at January 17, 2016 05:39 AM (De/yN)

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There are a lot of names in the UK that you can never know if you're pronouncing right.  At least this one has the grace to be obvious.

(BTW, the dialog box in your "how to put links in your comment" doesn't work for me.  I put the URL in the popup, but the "OK" button does nothing.  I had to use BBCode.)

Posted by: CatCube at January 17, 2016 07:17 AM (fa4fh)

3 You're probably using a Javascript blocker. Anyway, it isn't mine, it's Pixy's.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 17, 2016 08:11 AM (+rSRq)

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