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Everything I need to know about odd regional pronunciation I learned from Iain Banks

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Everything I need to know about odd regional pronunciation I learned from Iain Banks

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'Islay', as in the island of, whence cometh 7 different whiskys of note, is properly pronounced like 'I'll-- uh', but without the hyphen. I am not sure if it's 'I'LL-- uh' or 'I'll-- UH'.

'cross-eyed cretin backed by a gang of drooling, mean-spirited, proto-fascist shitheads' is how the words 'Bush Administration' are pronounced in Edinburgh.
  • Utterly random: Oh my god. I thought I was the only person alive who knew that song. It was holy hell to track that CD down here.
    • I and housemate both know it; the disc is housemate's.
      I've been looking for a copy used for YEARS-- and I live in the damn city where it was published. So yes, its' hard hard HAAAARD to find.
    • I had to special order it, but we had a wonderful music store here for a while that could, and would, get absolutely anything. I adored them.

      The entire disc is wonderful, but that song killed me the first time I heard it. It's on the list of things I play when I'm waiting for someone to ask, "Waitaminnit, did... did I really just hear what I thought I heard?!" Delightful wordplay on that disc, and damn, that's just too rare these days.
    • I have that album on an old, much-loved crappy tape. I had no idea the cd was so hard to find... see, I knew there was a reason I was hanging on to that big box of crappy old tapes...
      • it is indeed a difficult beast to find. Hang onto your tape until you replace it with a CD. :)
      • obvious/oblivious

        OK, are you talking about Aztec Camera or something I'm not catching?

        I have a Scottish coworker, and my sister's in-laws are all in Scotland, so I could find out if you really need to know.

        Good old Menzies/Mingiss. I got all hyped up about reading his SF a couple of years ago, so I got the British paperback editions, whipped through Consider Phlebas and Player of Games, and then ran out of steam on Use of Weapons. I need to take another crack at it.
        • Re: obvious/oblivious

          Iain, who threw the middle name in to differentiate his SF from his mainstream: the SF is by Iain M. Banks; the mainstream by Iain Banks.
          The entry was originally begat by his newest mainstream, which is nonfiction and just a tale of 'so here I am, a 50-year-old guy who's getting a ton of cash to drive around to distilleries in Scotland whilst getting snockered'.
          The music commentary, indeed, relates to the current music (but THANK YOU for talking about something else!)
      • Oh duh, I should just read the "Current Music" entry and all will be clear. Bah
  • cross-eyed cretin backed by a gang of drooling, mean-spirited, proto-fascist shitheads

    I dunno, I'm thinking they've got the pronounciation about right.

    (I can't find my copy of Pussy Tourette, dammit.)
  • 'cross-eyed cretin backed by a gang of drooling, mean-spirited, proto-fascist shitheads' is how the words 'Bush Administration' are pronounced in Edinburgh.

    You're my favorite!!!
  • That would be "EYE-luh"... which I just mentioned in my last Ireland essay (and where my two favorite whiskies, Laphroaig and Lagavulin come from!) coincidentally enough...

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    • Actually, reading the new Banks, I've thought repeatedly about your trip. He starts out on Islay, running around Scotland tasting various whiskys, looking for the perfect dram.
      Here is Amazon.co.uk's page for the book- currently I'm reading it and it's great fun- even for someone who isn't a whisky fan. Banks has a very human and friendly voice; I'd recommend his work to anybody, really.
      • Interesting. I love travel books, Scotland, and whisky, so I'll keep an eye out for it.

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        • Just as a warning: it will likely be a LONG time before it gets published in the US, if ever.
          Banks is pretty unapologetic about thinking that Bush and Blair are heinous people (he kicks this book off by chopping his British passport up and mailing it registered mail to #10 Downing Street), so it'll be at least 2 years before they could think about printing it here.

          I, of course, felt I had the money to burn to buy it on amazon.co.uk. I'll keep my ear to the ground for US publication: it's possible.
  • Indeed, it is EYE-luh (as was said above). My personal favorite, Ardbeg, is an Islay whisky. They're smoky, peaty, and -- because Islay is an island, and the salt air comes across the barley to give it a very distinctive taste -- slightly salty. Laphroaig even bears a somewhat oily, seaweedy flavor.

    Campbeltown whiskies (Springbank, Longrow) are known to taste a lot like Islay whiskies, because Campbeltown is located on a peninsula that comes out from the mainland just southeast of Islay.

    Yum.

    Pev
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