How old am I? So old I should have known all of this. Yes, I did not connect the name Hermione to how it is said. Funnily I hear people mispronounce the word hyperbole all the time. It was one that I mispronounced in my head years ago, but I learnt the correct pronunciation a long time ago. I've never found a reason to insert in into conversation and so therefore mispronounce it.
But I am still learning and here are a couple of my recent clangers.
Everyone knows of The Three Musketeers? Well heard of them perhaps. One of the characters in the story is D'Artagnan. I have read the word before, and heard the word before, but I never connected them. This goes way back to childhood.
It may have idly crossed my mind about how to pronounce Siobahn when I have read the name in the past, but I saw no reason to really find out. I was gobsmacked when I connected the written to the spoken just last week. I have the blood of many nations, including Irish I would guess. I feel shame. You go off and do your own research if you don't know. If that is too hard, listen to how Siobahn is pronounced when Siobahn Blewitt speaks about finance on ABC Melbourne at around 6.55 weekdays.
I am getting old. How much more of this nonsense do I have to learn?