Ok so you'd think by the grand old age of 35 my pronunciation mishaps would be getting less frequent.
You'd also think I'd be able to tell the difference between clear and black mascara before applying the latter to my eyebrows but that's a whole other story...
Anyway, yesterday while looking at the different countries that visitors to my blog come from, I remarked that I'd even had a hit from South Korea – from Seoul (that's See-owl when it leaves my lips by the way).
'The what now?' FJM enquired.
'See-oll?' I tried again, more nervous this time and having flashbacks to the whole Versailles and Marseille fiasco which you can read about here.
'Soul,' FJM replied. 'Like the bottom of your foot.'
'Soul?' I checked, amazed that no one had ever pointed this out before but also wondering whether I'd ever said it out loud before... But whether or not I'd said it, I'd definitely heard it.
But not correctly, it appeared.
And then I twigged. It began with an S – my lipreading and sound nemesis. Impossible to lipread in normal speech and also usually higher pitched so out of my frequency.
I kind of have to imagine s's when I hear a word with them in. And it appears that I imagined an audible 'e' too.
So there you go. That's my new word for the week. Seoul like soul. And if you're my single reader from Seoul,
'Hello, and thank you!'
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