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14th May 2013, 20:32
Why do the BBC seem to specialise in people who talk that way?

Woss was bad enough, but they also have Cwis Packham who I find intensly iwwitating. I would normally be interested in what he talks about but after a few minutes of hearing about wobins, wabbits, and waptors I find myself just waiting for the next mispwonunciaton and losing track of what he is actually talking about, so I have to switch off.

Is there a name for that speech impediment which I suspect is a form of laziness which could have been corrected in childhood?

14th May 2013, 20:36
Slack jaws

14th May 2013, 20:37
Not to mention the dwwwelling on words as if to emphasise a point. Particularly amongst the plethora of metreaders. And why do they have wide mouths?

14th May 2013, 20:43
Don't get me started.

That complete and total prat that presents "Coast", with his exceedingly irritating habit of over-emphasising the final syllables of every single bloody sentence, has almost got me to the point of throwing things at the TV.

14th May 2013, 21:01
I don't watch uk tv, but if you're referring to raising the tone at the end of a sentence as if to say "do you understand" then I'd switch off rapido.

I've always thought this to be an Australian invention, but maybe someone could correct me.

14th May 2013, 21:16
Jonafan Woss. I don't know which is worse, his voice/accent, the sick garbage he spouts, or his appearance,

14th May 2013, 21:30
VP959 thanks for reminding me about Coast.

There's another one on there - Mark Horton - who does the 'w' thing. Fortunately he's only on for part of the programme, so can be skipped over easily on iPlayer if required.

14th May 2013, 21:30
Is there a name for that speech impediment?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhotacism

14th May 2013, 21:38
Aaaaaaah, whotacism http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/wink2.gif. Thanks.

14th May 2013, 22:59
someone could correct me.

Yes. It is epidemic, in Canada????

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14th May 2013, 23:04
I had a wectuwer at uniwersity who affected this impediment and I always thought it was an upper cwass issue.
He was of Engwish extwaction. Nice bloke, taught me how to make tea in the tutorials and actually had wine at the end of subject party.

14th May 2013, 23:21
Eddie Mair did a piece on pronunciation of foreign words on Radio 4 a week or so back. Throughout the piece he insisted on talking about "pronounciation", even though the lady from the pronunciation unit was pointedly pronouncing the word correctly all through the piece.

Overpaid, arrogant idiot!

14th May 2013, 23:29
Eddie Mair used to present the "Westminster Hour" which he always pronounced as the "Westminster Air"

15th May 2013, 00:35
Then of course Royalty always gives us "Hice". That's what they live in.

Ascend Charlie
15th May 2013, 01:15
Ah, yes - "Welease Woderwick".

In Oz we had a sports commentator Ron Casey, who called himself Won Casey.

One news bulletin he had to talk about the Yarra Yarra River Rowing Club, his lips nearly exploded.

He at least could make fun of himself by talking of some lessons to make the R sound correctly, and gave an example of his efforts (doesn't translate into a written word) and ended up saying "It's easier to say "Awound the wugged wocks the wagged wascal wan" than to twy to pwonounce it pwoperwy."

As mentioned before, it is believed to be a Bwitish Upper Class affectation. Refer to John Cleese talking of how to recognise the Upper Class Twit.

Loose rivets
15th May 2013, 02:44
Did you know, and not many etc., Jay Lenno has qualifications in speech therapy.

Stands up in front of the nation almost every night, and earns a million dollars.

15th May 2013, 03:13
I thought all the Pommy radio presenters with speech impediments were sent to Dubai.
Must be wife in the industwy! ;)


15th May 2013, 05:34
It's a few years ago now, but there was great amusement when Woy Jenkins stood for election to Parliament.

Hillhead.......that's the one! There's no "r" in it!

Krystal n chips
15th May 2013, 05:59
The Beeb has a cluster of these in the West Midlands, Radio Shropshire / Stoke and WM all have traffic presenters who should never have been allowed behind a microphone given their lack of ability to communicate with even moderate clarity.

Coast, well yes, one of the presenters, can sound sanctimonious, but overall he's pretty good. Mark Horton, well with the best will in the world, he should have stayed in the academic world because as a presenter, he tends to sound rather immature at times. Well most of the time to be frank.

However, C5 takes the prize for pure stupidity. I was channel hopping last Friday, watching the erm, publicity for Eddie Stobart programme....this can be entertaining at times.....:E....with some of the "Big Dazza" fraternity and their, lets say, "less than erudite" personalities....but the commentary is even more risible. In the last weeks edition, the commentator made constant references to " a Yorkshireman and a Lancashireman"....:ugh::ugh:

tony draper
15th May 2013, 06:31
Then of course we have the quacky voiced feckwit Millipede.:rolleyes:
We had a local politician here in the sixites/seventies who in normal circumstances spoke in a broad Geordie accent but when interviewed for TV or Radio news which occurred quite often, he attempted to speak posh with hilarious results.


Windy Militant
15th May 2013, 08:24
One word "Cwying" which any Fules and Horses fan will kno!

15th May 2013, 09:30
It is hardly a problem if you can name two of which one is no longer there!!


15th May 2013, 09:38
I fail to see the problem here - after all, a hice is something in which one lives and sex is something coal comes in.....;)

Noah Zark.
15th May 2013, 10:24
a hice is something in which one lives
...........especially if it has drawRing room, with nice drawRings on the wall!. Grrrr!

15th May 2013, 10:33
Another infuriating affectation, or is it just ignorance, is the 'g' in 'badmington'.

15th May 2013, 10:36
Why does everyone in England pronounce "sixth" as "sikth"?

tony draper
15th May 2013, 10:59
Not up here they dont, but most of the chaps South of the Humber speak with a lisp and walk funny that might explain it.

Noah Zark.
15th May 2013, 11:03
Hey, Mr. D. I'm south of the Humber, (not by much!) and am not so afflicted!

15th May 2013, 14:38
Here they have an emphasis on the G...
Endin-G, Sin-G-in-G...
And when did book become berk?


15th May 2013, 16:58
Here they have an emphasis on the G...

Just occasionally that's a plus. I recall the eminent Russian composer whose pre-Revolutionary childhood had been spent in the village, "Listening-G to the peasants at the Hinn sing-G-ing-G their song-Gs". Mind you, that last word may have been "song-Ks".

16th May 2013, 05:41

'gween, gween gwass of home' was another classic in the same episode.

16th May 2013, 09:16
Pacific, Axe and a missing "T"

Interestingly (or not, depending on your point of view) 'axe' was the 17th century pronunciation of 'ask' although I strongly suspect that that would be completely lost on the speakers of 21st estuary (est'ry?) english.:ugh:


16th May 2013, 11:57
I think it all started here:-

Does your dog bite?