No disrespect meant to the Welsh — after all, they did give us Christian Bale, Tom Jones and the Manic Street Preachers — but the majority of the words in their language read like a handful of consonants pulled out of a hat. A sincere “mae’n ddrwg gen i” for that. My point is that it’s impressive if a non-Welsh native can pronounce standard phrases in the language. If you can pronounce something like the name of a town with 58 letters in it, well — that’s absolutely breathtaking.
Which is exactly what Liam Dutton, a Channel 4 news weather presenter in the U.K., did when — live on air, mind you — he perfectly pronounced Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a town in northwest Wales. He didn’t just perfectly sound it out, either — dude pronounced it like he was born and raised in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
So, a hearty “gwaith ‘n glws , syr” to you, Mr. Dutton.