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Someone posted this on Twitter... is this just a British pronunciation???  Or can he just not say it?

 

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Not a standard British pronunciation according to Oxford Dictionaries.  But it sounds like the sort of thing that could be a regionalism.  Or just a personal quirk.

 

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I finally remembered what that pronunciation reminds me of.  I was once baffled by a neighbor's statement that he'd seen three herrings in his pond (aren't herrings salt-water fish?) until I realized that he meant herons.

 

I suspect that both cases might be attributable to overcorrection -- we've all been told not to leave the "g" off of "-ing" words, so we may sometimes reflexively append a final "g" onto a word that doesn't actually have one.

 

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I cannot stop listening to this.  And it is funny.  Every.damn.time.

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They discuss this very subject on Graham Norton this week,   very funny indeed.

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Gonna have to wait until - ahem - someone posts it on YouT(censored).

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There are clips on BBC of tonight's episode.  It includes the penguin thing.

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They discuss this very subject on Graham Norton this week,   very funny indeed.

 

This is so completely awesome!  Was he a good sport about it?  It's totally adorable that he messes it up numerous ways.  pengwings.. penglings... lol

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Yes he is, slightly embarrassed, but is laughing.

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I found it.  :)  Thanks for the info.  That was totally awesome.   I laughed, I cried...

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I found it.  :)  Thanks for the info.  That was totally awesome.   I laughed, I cried...

 

You're welcome.  I laughed and cried to.

 

 

Also loved his photobombing of his wax figure and his flatfooted attempt as popstar walking.

 

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And for anyone who will not be hunting down the Graham Norton clip for any reason, Benedict can now say penguin properly.  :)

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The entire episode is already up you didn'tDailymotionhear it from me. :whistle:

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Just got home from seeing Penguins of Madagascar. Laughed so hard my face is still hurting, the script is brilliant.

 

And guess what -- you-know-who still can't say penguins. It was clearly pengwings. Both times.

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Just got home from seeing Penguins of Madagascar. Laughed so hard my face is still hurting, the script is brilliant.

 

And guess what -- you-know-who still can't say penguins. It was clearly pengwings. Both times.

 

At least no penglings?  ;)

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Nope, no penglings! But there was a really amazing howl.......

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Any reaction from the audience when the wolf said "pengwings"?

 

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And guess what -- you-know-who still can't say penguins. It was clearly pengwings. Both times.

 

:lol: I thought he wanted to call Disney and make them check he said it correctly. Nice that he didn't :D

 

btw, I just found out that those baskets that my family has always used for trips to the supermarket since I was a child aren't called "Körber" (like a word derived from German "Korb/Körbe" = "basket/baskets"), but "Curver". That really shocks me, they've always been "Körber" for me. And they'll probably stay Körbers, just as penguins will always be penwings for Benedict  ^_^

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Y'all can check the pronunciation for yourselves in the trailer.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=q75gwePUlh0

 

Sounds to me like he says "penguins," but then I'm just using cheap headphones, not big honkin' theater speakers.

 

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I'm on my phone and listened to it 3 times I can see either as plausibilities. Poor Benedict. He said in an interview with Kiera Knightley that he would never live that one down.

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Quite possibly true.  ;)

 

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Any reaction from the audience when the wolf said "pengwings"?

Well, given that my friend and I were the only people in the theater ... yes!
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Sounds to me like he says "penguins," but then I'm just using cheap headphones, not big honkin' theater speakers.

I meant the other two times. :P

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