Northern Wales has a city that presents a problem for anyone who doesn’t live there, even some of the 3,000 residents. The name is next to impossible to pronounce, try saying “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”. Almost everyone who attempts to say the name fails, some simply don’t attempt to say it.
Meteorologist Liam Dutton from Britain Channel 4 put everyone who cannot pronounce the name to shame though. Without any miss-starts or stumbles, the weatherman flawlessly pronounces the name. He barely even acknowledges the difficult name. A little bit of an eye raise and a smile afterwards is all viewers were treated with. You would think Dutton pronounced the name every day. Maybe he did, thinking that one day it would pay off.
Dutton credits his ability to do this in one take on his growing up in Cardiff, a Welsh city. Additionally, he received his geography degree from University of Wales. It didn’t take long for his pronunciation skills to go viral. Now people around the world know of the small city of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
— Roque Bourdieu (@roquebour) September 9, 2015
@liamdutton doing us Welsh proud! I know so many who can't say it!
— Claire Williams (@Clairew40419234) September 8, 2015
For those who are interested in pronouncing the name yourself, there is a guide here. According to the guide the name means “Saint Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.” This is one name that most of the world’s population couldn’t save five times fast. Good luck remembering the URL.