Monday, June 06, 2016

Oil of Ulan

I have no understanding of how the name Cholmondeley is pronounced Chumly. I have no idea why Mahoneys Road is pronounced Marnies Road. Nor do I understand why Beauchamp is pronounced Beecham. This English language is surely a hard thing to conquer. My first experience of words not being said like they are written comes from Mother, who for as long back as I can remember, the age of four, has daily applied Oil of Ulan to her face.

I remember being mystified as a child as the word on the bottle in brackets was the word Olay.  So which is it? Do you say Oil of Olay and not Ulan? How is it pronounced?


16 comments:

  1. English is really strange sometimes especially names and surnames

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    1. Very true Gosia. Names are the worst.

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  2. In our house it was pronounced both ways. Olay and Ulan. And I know not which is correct.

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    1. EC, you are usually such a font of wisdom and you have failed me.

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  3. Only used it once came out in a rash so never been important to me.
    Merle.................

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    1. Merle, I briefly tried it my face seemed greasy.

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  4. My mum used it Andrew and it was always referred to as Oil of Olay. You're right though English pronunciation can be tricky 😃

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  5. My mum used it Andrew and it was always referred to as Oil of Olay. You're right though English pronunciation can be tricky 😃

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    1. Grace, I think Oil of Olay is correct. No one has argued otherwise.

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  6. Mahoney is an Irish family name which is probably enough of an explanation as to the pronunciation (it also happens to be my last name).

    I thought Oil of Ulan was pronounced as its written and then they changed the name to Oil of Olay (also pronounced as written)?

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    1. Jayne, I should have remembered your family name, but you haven't said how your family name is pronounced. No, about Oil of Ulan. Ulan was pronounced as Olay.

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    2. Well, we say "Marnie" and I've known Irish people who pronounce it that way, but once my Dad was told by a Scotsman that he didn't know how to pronounce his own name. I'm going with the Irish, not the Scot.

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  7. My Nan always used it too. She pronounced it oil of Ulan. It was called oil of Ulan when she first started using it but they did change it to Oil of Olay later. She died just last year at 97 years of age so I suppose at that age you can call it whatever you like. My name's Charlie. Its pronounced Charlie. Nothing funny about ME, aye??

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    1. Charlie, as my mother pronounced it. Gosh, 97 is quite old. You were lucky to have your Mum's Nan for so long. I hope she tickled your chin at times.

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  8. I was about to tell you, but Charliedownunder said it for me. Used to be one, then it was the other. it was Olay by the time I discovered and tried it, but I saw advertisements in very old magazines for Oil of Ulan. It's lovely stuff, but really only good for normal skin. If your skin is very dry, like mine, Oil of Olay is useless.

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    1. River, that is strange. I used it myself when I was in my twenties but I found it made my face very greasy and my skin is generally on the oily side.

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