Humor of Made-Up Pronunciation in Norway

Humor of Made-Up Pronunciation in Norway is adapted from a book by humorist Bill Bryson titled ‘At Home’, pages 31-33.


His name was Vere Gordon Childe, an interestingly odd but brilliant Australian-born Professor of Prehistoric Archeology from the University of Edinburgh in 1924, who loathed fieldwork and didn’t really like going outside at all if he could possibly help it.

Nearly every written description of Childe dwells almost lovingly on his oddness of manner and peculiar looks...“tall, ungainly and ugly, eccentric in dress and often abrupt in manner [with a] curious and often alarming persona.”

Childe had a magnificent, retentive mind and an exceptional facility for languages. He could read at least a dozen.

Nearly all his many books were based on reading rather than personal experience.

Even his command of languages was only partial: although he could read them flawlessly, he used his own made-up pronunciations, which no one who spoke the languages could actually understand.

In Norway, hoping to impress colleagues, he once tried to order a dish of raspberries

and was brought twelve beers.


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