Travel guide slammed for ‘dreadful’ listicle of ‘Unpronounceable Welsh Town Names’
A travel guide website has been slammed for its “utterly dreadful” listicle of “Unpronounceable Welsh Town Names”.
In Your Pocket, which produces city guides, suggested that the Welsh language town names “might give you some problems”.
It also claimed that the “Celtic tongue is known for its absolute disregard for vowels”, despite it having more of them than the English language.
The listicle received a fierce backlash on social media and was panned as “ignorant”, as well as “utterly dreadful” and “disgraceful”.
The article said: “The Welsh language is a struggle, to say the least. The Celtic tongue is known for its absolute disregard for vowels, meaning some words can look completely unintelligible to the uninformed.
“We’ve collected a handful of town names that might give you some problems, to say the least.”
On Bwlchgwyn it said: “We’ll start with the little village of Bwlchgwyn, a little bit northeast of Wrexham. Pronounced ‘Bull-ch-gwin’, the name means ‘White Pass’ but the original is believed to have been ‘Windy Pass’.”
On Ysbyty Ystwyth it added: “Two words, 13 letters, not a single vowel in sight. ‘Uss-butty Uss-bith’ isn’t too tough to pronounce, but it does look a bit daunting, right? The town is 13 miles south of Aberystwyth.”
For Ynysybwl it has this to say: “‘Un-niss-uh-bull’, to be clear. This town in the south of the country was home to Leighton Rees, the first darts world champion in history.”
Social media expert Owen Williams said: “Whatever happened to editorial merit, @inyourpocket? This is an utterly dreadful listicle, and you should *strongly* consider taking it down. It lacks any kind of respect for our indigenous British language.”
Whatever happened to editorial merit, @inyourpocket?
This is an utterly dreadful listicle, and you should *strongly* consider taking it down. It lacks any kind of respect for our indigenous British language. https://t.co/uoPYfto4KF pic.twitter.com/LbIPVqrWei
— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) May 26, 2021
The writer Cris Dafis said: “Absolute travesty of an article.”
Brian Moran said: “Here we go again, having to defend the very existence of our language. Peak ignorance!”
Mark Watkins said: “This is a disgraceful article which needs to be removed. It is nothing more than a targeted attack upon a nation, its language and its culture. Awful that this happens in 2021.”
Trudi-Rose Edwards said: “Celtic languages – or Welsh in this case – are not known for disregarding vowels, in fact there are more vowels in Welsh than English, so basic research has been disregarded by @inyourpocket to say the least.”
Alyson Jenkins said: “So ignorant. We love vowels so much we have 7”.
Matthew Yeomans said: “Don’t you just love travel publishers @inyourpocket that make money from travellers discovering and celebrating new cultures yet have no problem taking the piss out of a nation’s language and culture.”
Julie Owen Moylan said: “Dreadful ignorance from @inyourpocket Welsh has more vowels than English – 7 in total AEIOUWY”.