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To think an English teacher should know the correct pronunciation of Glamis?

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susannahmoodie Wed 16-Sep-15 06:15:53

As in Thane of......?

Or is it now ok to say "glam-mis"??

OldCrowMedicineShow Wed 16-Sep-15 06:19:15

It is pronounced 'Glamz'.

Lweji Wed 16-Sep-15 06:21:40

Did it keep you awake all night?

ShadowLine Wed 16-Sep-15 06:23:47

I've never heard of this. I'm guessing that Glamis is the name of someone or somewhere. Is it from a poem or story?

ShadowLine Wed 16-Sep-15 06:24:55

And having never heard of Glamis, the teacher's pronunciation looks like a reasonable guess phonetically speaking.

AlbusPercival Wed 16-Sep-15 06:24:55

Yes Shadow, MacBeth, so English teachers really ought to know

Fatfreefaff Wed 16-Sep-15 06:27:44

It's from Macbeth. Also name of Queen Mum's childhood home - hence the snob value.

OldCrowMedicineShow Wed 16-Sep-15 06:28:21

Glamis is a small village a few miles from Forfar in the county of Angus. Famous for its castle. Birthplace of the Queen Mother.

damselinthisdress Wed 16-Sep-15 06:30:13

I suppose if you've only ever read it and not seen it performed/heard it read by someone else, you wouldn't know how it's pronounced.

IguanaTail Wed 16-Sep-15 06:30:34

Many teachers feel that parents should know how to use the word 'No' occasionally.

Fatfreefaff Wed 16-Sep-15 06:31:25

If the teacher had never seen the play or studied it herself, I think it's a reasonable mistake to make.

Squeegle Wed 16-Sep-15 06:33:23

Yes she should. Is she a secondary school teacher?

ShadowLine Wed 16-Sep-15 06:33:30

As damsel says, the English teacher may never have seen a performance of Macbeth or been to the place in Scotland.

Cooroo Wed 16-Sep-15 06:35:46

Surely English teacher should know about metre and wonder... 'Thane of Glamis, and Cawdor too' (IIRC) wouldn't go dum-di-dum-di-dum-di-dum with 2 syllables in Glamis. You have no idea how little my phone liked that!

ShadowLine Wed 16-Sep-15 06:36:04

But I guess if I was an English teacher who taught Macbeth every year, i'd probably make an effort to see a TV adaptation or a performance at some point.

BikeRunSki Wed 16-Sep-15 06:38:07

What Shadow just said.

Cooroo Wed 16-Sep-15 06:38:08

I didn't recall correctly! No idea where that came from. But still.

Lweji Wed 16-Sep-15 06:39:13

I don't think it's a reasonable guess because there's only one m in it.

AuntieStella Wed 16-Sep-15 06:39:19

Macbeth is one of the really well known plays. Yes, I'd expect a teacher to know how to pronounce the character names in such a well-known play.

(And I think that there being a thread about one who can't, shows how unusual it is to come across a teacher making public bloopers of this sort).

randomsabreuse Wed 16-Sep-15 06:40:05

An English teacher not having seen the Scottish Play would be a big issue. It's been on the GCSE syllabus pretty well forever!

Belvoir or Cholmondley being pronounced wrong wouldn't bother me but Glamis is like a maths teacher mispronouncing Descartes or Pythagoras!

TheDowagerCuntess Wed 16-Sep-15 06:40:16

To be honest, yes, I would've thought so.

Macbeth is a standard English-lesson Shakespeare play.

HaydeeofMonteCristo Wed 16-Sep-15 06:40:51

I thought it was more glarms than glamz.

Squeegle Wed 16-Sep-15 06:41:49

Too right random, it's showing an ignorance that would concern me if he/she was teaching English to my children.

thequickbrownfox Wed 16-Sep-15 06:41:50

YANBU - the teacher should know how it's pronounced.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Wed 16-Sep-15 06:42:41


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