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Thread #132499 Message #4082245
Posted By: Jos
07-Dec-20 - 09:16 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
The BBC used to have a Pronunciation Unit that ensured that news readers knew how to pronounce things like foreign words and names correctly.
I knew things had gone wrong when announcers were struggling to say MaastrICKT instead of MAAstricht.
Then it occurred to me that they had been instructed to say '...icht' (with the ch as in loch) rather than '...ickt', and had misinterpreted the instruction as referring to the stress instead of the consonants.