Let’s hear it for the sound of Moira
Never thought I’d say this, but there might just be a reason to listen to the Chris Evans show on Radio 2 these days.
Now that Middle East peace talks are back on, newsreader Moira Stuart is once again getting her perfect pronunciation-tongue around the name of the Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu.
You and I might say Benjamin but she says “Ben-ya-meen” and where we might gloss over his surname, making it sound like a wee lad from North Belfast givin’ a website address — “Net ‘n’ yahoo” — she gives each syllable enough tongue and teeth and glottal stops to render it positively indecent.
I can’t wait for an anniversary of the death of the late Zimbabwean politician who was in the news when I was growing up.
To hear Ms Perfect Pronounce say Joshua Nkomo again — oh, such exquisite torture — as she turned his surname into a “GULP-komo” would almost make the horror of hearing Chris ‘Eugh-vans’ bearable. Almost.