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    Default Bryan Dobson can't pronounce unfamiliar words.

    The more politically aware amongst us will know that former Portuguese prime minister, Antonio Guterres is going to be the next United Nations Secretary General. And it was reported on in the RTÉ1 six o'clock news. Bryan Dobson was the lead news presenter, as magisterial and authoritative as ever. Except for one little slip-up.

    I'm not a linguistic purist or perfectionist. In some languages, the phonetics are pretty counter-intuitive. In Finnish, 'Y' is pronounced like 'U'. In Turkish, "C" is pronounced like "J" in English. In Icelandic, the double-L ("LL") has to be heard to be spoken; ditto "UI" and "UY" in Dutch/Flemish.

    But "Guterres" is easy. Gu. Terr. Es. Okay, strictly speaking, in the original Portuguese, there's a slight emphasis on the middle syllable and the 's' of 'Es' is slightly softened to something that sounds a bit like 'Esh".

    But Dobson didn't say that. He said "Gweress". He missed the little matter of the "T" right in the middle of the word. I've seen him fluff over unfamiliar words before. Surely a newsreader should do a little practice in advance before dealing on air with words that are foreign and/or unusual?

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    He is only good at going out to St Lukes to meet Bertie

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    Quote Originally Posted by olli rehn View Post
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    George Hamilton - now there is one RTÉ guy who knows his foreign names.

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    Remember when Bertie pronounced Guantanamo, Guantamama?

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    Quote Originally Posted by olli rehn View Post
    Nobody is perfect.
    Indeed - which is why I'm not a professional football player or musician. But surely, one's skills should match the required skillset for the job. A newsreader should expect to have to deal with the names of foreign leaders and placenames and I wonder at the selection process that missed this shortcoming.

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    There's no pronunciation dept in RTE so they have to struggle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscurito View Post
    Bryan Dobson was the lead news presenter,

    But "Guterres" is easy. Gu. Terr. Es. Okay, strictly speaking, in the original Portuguese, there's a slight emphasis on the middle syllable and the 's' of 'Es' is slightly softened to something that sounds a bit like 'Esh".

    But Dobson didn't say that. He said "Gweress". He missed the little matter of the "T" right in the middle of the word. I've seen him fluff over unfamiliar words before. Surely a newsreader should do a little practice in advance before dealing on air with words that are foreign and/or unusual?
    Dobson?

    That is not an Irish name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Field Marshal View Post
    Dobson?

    That is not an Irish name.
    It's an Anglicization of Mac Doibe.

    They came with the Tuatha De Danann.

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