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What's the stupidest thing you've ever heard a tourist say? Ever heard an American talking about visiting "Scotchland, England", or (and this one is actually real) a Japanese couple talking about the correct way to say Clapham is actually Clatham, as "ph" sounds are pronounced "th". Which has a certain logic really. UPDATE: Please, no more Loogabarooga stories. It's getting like, "and I opened my eyes and my mum had left me a cup of tea!"

(, Thu 7 Jul 2005, 16:31)
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Pronouncing names
I don't really think it's outwith the grasp of most people to learn the pronounciation of the place names they're about to visit. I'm going to Poland in a few weeks and I've gone out of my way to make sure I can pronounce names like Lódz (woodge) and Wroclaw (vrotswaf).

An American woman once got really pissed off with me when she overheard me describing barbecued food as "charred flesh". She looked genuinely upset and told me I was being "very rude". What did she think she was eating? Solidified rainbows?

Edit - Hmm, for some reason it won't let me do accents on the Polish letters. Oh well, you get the idea.
(, Sat 9 Jul 2005, 3:24, Reply)

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