Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My New Favorite Mispronunciation

My coworker, Brian, was trying to describe the unusual look of a man who was walking through the restaurant.

Brian: Oh, I know what it is - he looks like Merlin (pronounced mer-LIN).
Me: (Laughing.) Wait, what did you call him?
Brian: MerLIN. From the King Arthur stories. (noticing my mirth) Isn't that his name?
Me: Sort of...

This provoked me to envision a transgendered Arthurian wizard named MerLynne. It also reminded me of one of my favorite jokes.

Q. What do you call a wizard who lives in Germany?

A. Berlin

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