A Limerick A Day


If you have to say out loud a word
You’ve seen written but still haven’t heard
Just give it a go
A mistake, you should know
Will at worst sound just faintly absurd

John Moynes

83 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

    1. Brother Barnabas

      which, apparently, will soon implode and then rebound in a supernova explosion

      we’re obviously all going to be talking about it then, so best nail the correct pronunciation in advance

        1. Slightly Bemused

          Hah!. I have a funny story about Royal Doulton. Well funny to me, sort of, as it involved my divorce, but never mind.

    1. Pee Pee

      On a side note, they should bring back Worcestershire sauce flavoured Hunky Dorys, they sure were delicious.

      1. Spud

        These were amazing and I’ve excellent news for you!
        Get thee self to Lidl post haste, and upon entry, go to the crisp aisle.
        The large multipack of Snackwell crisps (I think 30 in a big bag?) have Worcestershire sauce as one of the varieties!
        Probably also made by Largo Foods….
        I have tried them, and they are good!

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I am sorry, but I did laugh, thinking of all the memes about mispronouncing meme :)

    1. V

      Actually Pauli
      I’d still say Arkan sus

      also Kill Mac An Óg
      Proper like

      instead of the Kil Moi Cannog – South Dublin Avoca Set accent

  1. martco


    this has somehow sparked a very fond memory of my eldest fella when he was around 3 mispronouncing words like ephellant (elephant) & hostipal (hospital)

    a nice time in my life

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I learned US State names before Clinton became a presidential candidate and the mention of this strange sate named Arkans-AW? Given that Kansas is Kansas, like.

  2. Slightly Bemused

    Maniacal. And it was only after seeing an interview with Michael Madsen after Reservoir Dogs that I learned it. He said the script called for him to ‘dance maniacally’ around the room in his famous scene with the ear. Not knowing what it meant he did the dance we all know and love. When asked after by Tarantino, he said he did not know what “maniac – ally” was. Tarantino laughed and corrected him. but preferred his version of the dance, which got left in and even expanded as it ratcheted up the menace. Madsen said that to the date of the interview, he did not really know what was in Tarantino’s head beforehand.

      1. bertie blenkinsop

        I remember trying to chat someone up and raving about the new song by Eddie Brickull….
        Still cringe when I remember how she corrected me.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          i had to keep my love for hope sandoval secret for years because I didn’t know how to say it

          1. Brother Barnabas

            ah yes

            and i know where this go- i’ll be in a louise wener youtube hole before the day is out

          2. bertie blenkinsop

            Right, that’s it, I’m off to watch Echobelly – Great things

            Nurse, the screens!!!!

          3. Brother Barnabas

            am a fan of the gamine – but she was a little much that way for me
            had eyes to rival susanna hoffs, though

  3. Cian

    “Kids mispronouncing things is super adorable but at some point I will have to tell my daughter that we don’t put Farmer John cheese on spaghetti.”

    1. martco

      we call it Palmerstown Cheese in our gaff

      I also like to deliberately mispronounce Quinoa as Quinn-ola just to annoy her ;)

        1. bertie blenkinsop

          The worst are people who pronounce “t” as “sh”

          “Stop ish Reesha, you’re nosh allowed.”

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I know I am late to this tale, but the ‘t’ in often was a deliberate shibboleth, so many people pronounce it because they were taught it (as I was) to differentiate them from the ‘other’

      I only learned it was not pronounced when I read a poem that used it in rhyme.

        1. Slightly Bemused

          Actually, no. It was the ‘Good Irish Catholic’ priests in order to make sure you were not a prod.Similarly they emphasised the use of ‘th’ so Thomas became THomas not Tomas

          1. Cian

            Sr. Mary was asking the girls in school what they wanted to be when they grew up.
            “I want to be a prostitute,” says Suzy
            “What did you say??” asks the nun, totally shocked.
            “I said I want to be a prostitute,” Suzy repeats.
            “Oh, thank heavens,” says the nun. “I thought you said ‘a Protestant!

          2. Brother Barnabas

            —Then, said Cranly, you do not intend to become a protestant?

            —I said that I had lost the faith, Stephen answered, but not that I had lost self-respect. What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?

  4. Papi

    Girlfriend says Arthur Detour for R2D2 and thought the bad guy was Ralph Wader. Also, escapegoat, sperm of the moment and many more. This is due to English being one of her seven languages though. Bloody foreigners.

    1. B9Com From No

      Sperm of the moment?
      7 sexual partners too?

      And why am I being modded again?
      Was it my rant about the M50 tolls?

  5. Pip

    Music ‘expert’ on the radio pontificating about this and that, and bringing the Isley Brothers into the discussion.
    Except he called them the IZZLY Brothers. How I smirked.

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