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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Menzies

One drawback of getting 99% of your news from the web is that you end up not knowing how things are pronounced. I'd read that Menzies Campbell, the potential new Liberal leader, is known as "Ming", but assumed it to be a nickname based on some perceived resemblance to Flash Gordon's merciless emperor. I really had no idea until a chance conversation yesterday that Menzies Campbell was Mingis Campbell - though at least I knew the last bit is Camble, not Camp-Bell :-)
Anyway, along comes the BBC with one of its helpful pages to explain exactly why Menzies is Mingis. Sometimes.

Why is Menzies pronounced Mingis?

Seems it's down to a yogh (pronounced yog) which bears a remarkable resemblance to one of those curly z things that once caused my daughter to ask why the playschool teacher wrote her name as "Eli-three-abeth".

1 Comments:

  • At 13 January, 2006 15:29, Blogger TRT said…

    So helpful the beeb. I remember the Voyager encounter when they explained the planet was called Uranus (uh-ran-us), not Uranus (Your-anus) as we'd all been led to believe.

    VW: jtxwqsgg

    Pronounced: Tony Blair

     

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