Humor Pronouncing Italian Name

Humor Pronouncing Italian Name is from a book by humorist Bill Bryson titled

‘Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe’, page 176.

This excerpt is about the humor of trying to pronounce an Italian name while buying a train ticket in Italy.


I bought a ticket on the two o’clock train to Domodossola,

a name that can be pronounced in thirty-seven ways.

The man in the ticket window made me try out all of them,

furrowing his brow as if he couldn’t for the life of him think what nearby community had a name that might cause an American difficulty,

until I stumbled on the approximate pronunciation.

“Ah, Domodossola!” he said,

pronouncing it in a thirty-eighth way.


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‘Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe’


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