Nobody is ever going to choose to drop Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch into conversation, right? I mean — what?!
However the Anglesey town, proud holder of the longest place name in Europe title, was one of the warmest places in the U.K. yesterday so brave Channel 4 weather presenter Liam Dutton embraced the chance to pronounce its 58-character name on live television.
And he nailed it:
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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch dates back to the 1860s, when it started as a publicity stunt to ensure its railway station had the longest name in the U.K. It certainly tripped off the tongue of Cardiff-born Liam, who studied geography at the University of Wales in Swansea, which no doubt will have delighted the town’s residents just as much as the 21C temperatures.
Liam told WalesOnline that he was surprised to see the reaction to his broadcast: “I know people like to watch unique place names being pronounced, but I didn’t think it would go quite this viral. There’s always a chance that you can stumble, but that’s the nature (sic) doing the job. I’ve been doing the weather on TV and radio for 13 years now, so I’m at a point where I’m really comfortable on-air and don’t get nervous.
“It is definitely the most challenging place name in the U.K. to pronounce,” he confirmed. “The only other place names that tend to catch me out are places that are said nothing like they are written. But you soon learn from your mistakes quickly, when people let you know you’ve said it wrong!”
However the Channel 4 presenter isn’t the only one to have tackled Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on live television and triumphed.
Earlier this year Hollywood star Naomi Watts amazed viewers of U.S. chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live by delivering a flawless pronunciation of the name of the town, where she once lived with her grandparents.
Video credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube