Sounds of Italy

Photo by Giuseppe Mondì on Unsplash

Spellings are weird.

How come the name Niamh (Irish) is pronounced Neeve? In Welsh, cwm is coom. Why is the surname Cholmondley pronounced Chumley? Why is Mainwaring pronounced Mannering? How did Magdalen College end up being called Maudlin?

Many years ago, my mother, father, sister and I went to Italy by train. It took three…

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