Nailed It! Weatherman Smoothly Pronounces 58-Letter Welsh Town Name

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Nailed It! Weatherman Smoothly Pronounces 58-Letter Welsh Town Name.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is no match for Liam Dutton. Welsh-born Dutton made a splash online Monday when a video of him effortlessly pronouncing “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch,” a Welsh town that was apparently one of the warmest places in the U.K. this week, went viral.When talking about the warmest place in Wales he took on 58-letter (deep breath) Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch without a single slip up.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, alternately known as Llanfairpwll, Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll if you’re not into the whole brevity thing, is a village on the island of Anglesey in Wales with a population of around 3,000. The 34-year old learned Welsh as a youngster, said: “in the sunshine in North West Wales, at RAF Mona just up the road from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the temperature got to 21 Celsius, that’s 70 in Fahrenheit.” It then fell to Mr Dutton to attempt to pronounce the 58-letter place name – which had been emblazoned across the UK weather map and even reached into the Netherlands – during the Channel 4 News broadcast. The history of the town’s name is itself a very early example of a “viral” stunt: It was created in the 1860s to give the town’s railway station the longest name of any rail stop in Britain.

But the 34-year-old, who has more than a decade of experience, refused to succumb to stage fright – and reeled off the word with near-perfect execution. The video, which Dutton shared on his Facebook page, has gotten more than 5 million views on the social media site, plus 2 million on YouTube, in just two days. “It had to be done!” he captioned the clip. Tysilio, by a red cave.” And Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch has a celebrity link as well: Naomi Watts once lived there with her grandparents. It was just an ordinary day… with a very long name.’ ‘Certainly in this news room, there would be a big sense of fear for some people if they had to read a word that long.

He had tweeted followers before the broadcast to warn viewers about the unusual content, writing: ‘I’m about to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on the TV.’ John Morton posted: ‘The main problem with weather forecasting in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is that by the time you’ve read it out the weather’s moved on.’ He previously worked as a broadcast meteorologist at the BBC Weather Centre in London, where he worked across many BBC channels, including reading the Shipping Forecast on Radio 4. The large village, which is otherwise known as Llanfair or Llanfair PG, has the longest place name in Europe and the second longest one-word place name in the world after Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu in New Zealand.

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