Nailed It! Weatherman Smoothly Pronounces 58-Letter Welsh Town Name
Liam Dutton barely bats an eye when confronted with "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"
How do you get to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
At least that’s what we’re assuming U.K. news station Channel 4 weatherman Liam Dutton’s secret is.
Welsh-born Dutton made a splash online Monday when a video of him effortlessly pronouncing “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch,” a Welsh town that was apparently one of the warmest places in the U.K. this week, went viral.
Llanfair pwllgwyngyll gogery chwyrn drobwll llan tysilio gogo goch, alternately known as Llanfairpwll, Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll if you’re not into the whole brevity thing, is a village on the island of Anglesey in Wales with a population of around 3,000.
The history of the town’s name is itself a very early example of a “viral” stunt: It was created in the 1860s to give the town’s railway station the longest name of any rail stop in Britain. But fake or not, at 58 characters and 51 letters (“ch” and “ll” are digraphs – two characters used to make one phoneme – and are treated as one letter in Welsh), the name is the longest town name recognized in the U.K. and translates to “Church of St. Mary in the hollow of the white hazel trees, near the fierce whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio, by a red cave.”
And Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch has a celebrity link as well: Naomi Watts once lived there with her grandparents. Watch her pronounce the town’s name in the video below.
Watch out, Naomi, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is Liam Dutton’s town now.