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You’ve been pronouncing Roald Dahl’s name wrong your entire life

Lucy Abbersteen
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Mind. Blown.

Because iPads and the like didn’t exist twenty years ago, you probably grew up reading much-loved books by Roald Dahl. FromCharlie and the Chocolate FactorytoThe Twits,The BFGtoGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine, the man was an absolute genius when it came to writing gripping children’s novels.

Many of his greatest works have also been turned into live-action movies over the years, includingMatildaandThe Witches, and some are now West End musicals too.

And as well as being one of the world’s most famous children’s authors, Dahl was also a screenwriter, a poet and wrote short stories as well as novels. It’s safe to say that he was a man of very many great talents.

However, it has recently been brought to our attention that we might have been going through life pronouncing his name completely and utterlywrong. It turns out that it’s not actually pronounced ‘Rolled’, as many of us might think, but that it’s in fact ‘Roo-al’. Um, what?

Watch the first 10 seconds of the below clip of a 1961 episode of Dahl’s spooky sci-fi show, Way Out, and hear the correct pronunciation for yourself. You won’t believe your ears.

Roald Dahl’s parents were Norwegian, and so ‘Roo-al’ is the correct Norwegian pronunciation of his name. The author was in fact named after Roald Amundsen, who was a Norwegian polar explorer and someone that his father greatly admired.






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