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Countdown made an absolute hames of pronouncing the word 'sliotar' earlier

Slee-oh-tar.

EVERY SO OFTEN, Channel 4′s Countdown throws up a gem. Sometimes it’s a bold word and sometimes it’s a word that you haven’t heard in a while.

Today it was ‘sliotar’.

When the following letters came up…

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A contestant named Conrad managed to get a good seven-letter word: sliotar. Nice work, Conrad.

Unfortunately when it came to explaining it to British viewers, Susie Dent made an absolute hames of pronouncing it.
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SLEE-OH-TAR.

Oh Susie.

Needless to say, the error did not go unnoticed.

As if that weren’t bad enough, they managed to mess up the pronunciation a second time. After Dent’s initial mistake, host Nick Hewson stepped in to confidently inform her that it was actually pronounced “slither”.
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Time to send them off to Irish college, we think.

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