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Sniemiec
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Do my ears deceive me?
      #5623654 - 01/14/13 11:44 PM

On a lighter note.

Has anyone else heard the NexRemote soft controller on the PC try to pronounce Betelgeuse?

The lady in the box reads it as:

"Bad Telephone Juice"



For some reason, that really cracked me up on a dark Highveld night.


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Tel
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Re: Do my ears deceive me? new [Re: Sniemiec]
      #5623826 - 01/15/13 04:38 AM

Hi Stefan,

That sounds very much like some of the prenunciations emanating from our Sat-Nav system.

For example, even with my home town, (Wallingford), the "Wall" in Wallingford is pronounced, by the Sat-Nav's young lady, like the brick or stone variety rather than the more familiar sound of "Wall" as in the affectionate name for Walter.

But travelling abroad is even funnier. My wife uses it when visiting relatives in Germany where the pronunciation of some roads and place names has her in stiches; not to say often confused !



Best regards,
Tel


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Re: Do my ears deceive me? new [Re: Tel]
      #5623834 - 01/15/13 05:07 AM

Re pronunciation

My son is the proud owner of an iPhone 5 and on Sunday night, whist dropping his cat off at a cattery, wanted to use the Google Maps App to navigate to the cattery in Worksop (an opportunity to play with his new toy you see).

It was very funny to hear how the female sat-nav "voice" pronounced the words '... exit at the roundabout'. Every time we got this message it sounded like there were eggs at the roundabout!


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Re: Do my ears deceive me? new [Re: Tel]
      #5623849 - 01/15/13 05:44 AM

Quote:

Hi Stefan,

That sounds very much like some of the prenunciations emanating from our Sat-Nav system.

For example, even with my home town, (Wallingford), the "Wall" in Wallingford is pronounced, by the Sat-Nav's young lady, like the brick or stone variety rather than the more familiar sound of "Wall" as in the affectionate name for Walter.

But travelling abroad is even funnier. My wife uses it when visiting relatives in Germany where the pronunciation of some roads and place names has her in stiches; not to say often confused !



Best regards,
Tel




Out of interest and speaking of Wallingford Tel, I am currently reading the book "The pillars of the earth" by Ken Follett . The story is set in the middle of the 12th century and I have just read a reverence to "Wallingford Castle".

Regards. Peter.


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Tel
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Re: Do my ears deceive me? new [Re: Peter9]
      #5623883 - 01/15/13 07:05 AM

It's true Peter.

There is a castle but no much of it left. It's literally, "One of the ruins Cromwell that knocked about a bit" as Marie Lloyd's old, music hall song went !

But yes, it was defended by the Royalists against Cromwell's New Model Army, who was on his way to Oxford to capture Charles l and the rest of his court which had temporarily been set up there as a result of the civil war.

(Here endeth the local history lesson).

Best regards,
Tel


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Re: Do my ears deceive me? new [Re: Tel]
      #5623889 - 01/15/13 07:10 AM

And a wonderful and well recieved lesson it was.

Many thanks my friend.

Regards. Peter.


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Tel
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Re: Do my ears deceive me? new [Re: Peter9]
      #5624018 - 01/15/13 09:00 AM

Hi Peter,

There's a piece of wall left here and there but not much else. (Cromwell really hammered it with powder and shot).

Put it this way, that stress cracking Chemist mentioned in his recent thread, has nothing on the state of this castle !



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Tel


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Re: Do my ears deceive me? new [Re: Tel]
      #5624115 - 01/15/13 10:14 AM



Yer daft begger.

We know how to look after castles in Leeds. We moved ours down to Kent for save keeping.

Regards. Peter.


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