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AIBU: Dairylee or Dairylea!

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sapientia99 Wed 27-Feb-19 10:40:37

My childhood is destroyed, my mind blown. Am I the only one who thought Dairylea was spelt and said Dairylee!?! DAIRYLEE is what my mum said, DAIRYLEE is what my friends said but now I find out that it was DairyleA all along! There's an A! I think we need to petition immediately to have it changed to Dairylee...

SmashedMug Wed 27-Feb-19 10:42:24

YABU 😂 It was never and should never be dairylee.

dontlikewinter Wed 27-Feb-19 10:42:30

Dairylea is pronounced dairylee like sea is pronounced see

VelvetPineapple Wed 27-Feb-19 10:42:34

I think you’re the only one. Apart from anything else, it’s printed on the packet, so as soon as you could read you’d have known it was Dairylea.

Dairylea and Dairylee are pronounced the same though.

LostInShoebiz Wed 27-Feb-19 10:42:47


FrancisCrawford Wed 27-Feb-19 10:42:55

It’s on the wrappers

Plus “lea” is pronounced “lee”

Houseonahill Wed 27-Feb-19 10:42:57

I thought this was going to be the bizarrest baby name thread I'd ever read. I'm a bit disappointed now.

ScrambledSmegs Wed 27-Feb-19 10:44:02

How old are you?

Butterymuffin Wed 27-Feb-19 10:44:08

It IS said 'lee'. How do you imagine 'lea' would be said?

TheFaerieQueene Wed 27-Feb-19 10:44:37

Did you also think the film was: ‘Interview with a Vampire ‘? 😂

sulflower Wed 27-Feb-19 10:44:50

I thought this was going to be the bizarrest baby name thread I'd ever read. I'm a bit disappointed now.


cardibach Wed 27-Feb-19 10:44:55

As others have said, how does that spelling misconception affect they way everyone SAID it? They’d be pronounced the same...
It’s from Lea: an area of open or arable ground, is where the cows graze. Lee would make no sense...

ScrambledSmegs Wed 27-Feb-19 10:45:39

Btw a lea is an area of grassy land, such as wot cows graze on.

cardibach Wed 27-Feb-19 10:45:46

Should say i.e. where the cows geaze, not is.

cardibach Wed 27-Feb-19 10:46:19

Nice set of cross posts there, Scrambled.

ScrambledSmegs Wed 27-Feb-19 10:48:09

Great minds, cardibach, great minds grin

ZeroFuchsGiven Wed 27-Feb-19 10:51:04

So now you think it is pronounced dairy lee ah?

lavalamp08 Wed 27-Feb-19 11:02:26

Has anyone tasted it recently it's horrible, I thought I'd bought a faulty tub cos it was sloppy when I opened it 🤢 so sad as it's such a childhood favourite

Hunter037 Wed 27-Feb-19 11:17:40

Are you sure you didn't get a dodgy batch. We have dairylea all the time and is not at alll sloppy

shpoot Wed 27-Feb-19 11:29:46

Pronounced the same confused

22Giraffes Wed 27-Feb-19 11:50:55

They are pronounced the same op! But no, can't say I ever thought it was leewink

Santaclarita Wed 27-Feb-19 11:52:56

How did you not know how its spelt? It's on the packet! grin

I pronounce it like dairylee too. Dunno how else you would say it.

lavalamp08 Wed 27-Feb-19 14:44:50

@Hunter037 oooo I really hope so then, I bought two tubs which were the same and other people have said it doesn't taste like it used to. I got some dairylee light and that weren't too bad but really if you are getting dairylee you need the full fat creamy stuff surely hahaha. I might try another tub then, fingers crossed 🤞🏼

needthisthread Wed 27-Feb-19 14:47:50

I don't understand your post. Lea is pronounced Lee. Have you never seen Dairylea? How did you know they existed without every having seen them either in the fridge, on the TV or in the supermarket?

Quintella Wed 27-Feb-19 14:50:49

You're lucky the makers of La Vache Qui Rit translated their product name for the UK. That would have really fucked you up.

RaffertyFair Wed 27-Feb-19 14:54:39

DAIRYLEE is what my mum said, DAIRYLEE is what my friends said but now I find out that it was DairyleA all along! There's an A!

What are you on about? Dairylee and Dairylea are pronounced exactly the same just as "see" and "sea" are pronounced the same confused

IForgotThisEvening Wed 27-Feb-19 14:54:47

Buckle up, OP. Nutella is pronounced:


Whisky2014 Wed 27-Feb-19 14:55:24

I wish no one pointed out it's still pronounced the same. Op saying "dairy lee ah" would have been much more amusing!

DontCallMeCharlotte Wed 27-Feb-19 14:55:26

I thought this was going to be the bizarrest baby name thread I'd ever read. I'm a bit disappointed now.


missmouse101 Wed 27-Feb-19 15:00:07

Dearie dearie me OP. That's all I can say. have eaten some Dairylea for lunch as well.

Namechangeforthiscancershit Wed 27-Feb-19 15:06:50

So basically a weird fake-cheese-awfulness is called exactly what you thought it was, but for some reason you never saw it written down? Doesn’t seem like a disaster.

thecatsthecats Wed 27-Feb-19 15:07:31

Part of my surname derives from 'lea - clearance/area' too, but is spelled 'ley' - also pronounced 'lee'.

SileneOliveira Wed 27-Feb-19 15:18:17

Can you not read?

MyDcAreMarvel Wed 27-Feb-19 15:20:15

Lea is pronounced Lee!

Dahlietta Wed 27-Feb-19 15:20:48

Did your mum never let you unwrap one yourself...?

HoppityFrog3 Wed 27-Feb-19 15:23:13

COURSE it isn't 'dairylee' and it never has been!

No, it shouldn't change PMSL! grin

HankNPat Wed 27-Feb-19 15:56:50

This will blow your mind, sapientia99. DP, who was brought up in Canada calls Dairylea Cheez Whiz - we both know what he means grin grin

tiredandcold Wed 27-Feb-19 16:28:30

We call it durrylee

PurpleDaisies Wed 27-Feb-19 16:31:52

My year 1s could tell you those are both acceptable ways of spelling the “ee” sound.

bumblenbean Wed 27-Feb-19 16:41:43

Think it’s safe to say it’s just you OP grin

Polarbearflavour Wed 27-Feb-19 16:42:46

Reddit - Mandela Effect!

UrsulaPandress Wed 27-Feb-19 16:44:32

Dairylea, Dairylea
Can't Dairyleave you alone

ILoveBray Wed 27-Feb-19 16:45:38


*Buckle up, OP. Nutella is pronounced:


Surely not? It's pronounced Nut-Ella.

PotholePalace Wed 27-Feb-19 16:49:09

Perhaps your mum bought a cheap knock off brand? From Tesc-oh?

secretmeetingsundertrees Wed 27-Feb-19 16:49:23

probably only dairylee-ah to Mark E Smith...

ChodeofChodeHall Wed 27-Feb-19 16:49:33

Noo-tella, not New-tella or Nut-ella

HankNPat Wed 27-Feb-19 16:50:20

I've heard Australians pronounce it new-tella, versus our nut-ella in the UK.

MissionItsPossible Wed 27-Feb-19 16:54:32

Buckle up, OP. Nutella is pronounced:


Not in this advert it isn't.

HankNPat Wed 27-Feb-19 16:57:15

"Noo-tella, not New-tella or Nut-ella"

Why not pronounce it nut-ella when it's got, erm, nuts in it - hence its name?!

SparkiePolastri Wed 27-Feb-19 16:59:39

Why would people petition to spell it strangely?

BertieBotts Wed 27-Feb-19 17:02:45

It's nutella in British English. Noo-tella in non English speaking countries where the word for nut is something different, and also America because apparently the Americans copy the German, or something?

IForgotThisEvening Wed 27-Feb-19 17:52:44

Noo and New sound the same in my accent.

It’s on the FAQ section of their website.

GlitterPixie Wed 27-Feb-19 17:54:38

grin @Houseonahill

lumpinmythroat Wed 27-Feb-19 18:01:05

If you’ve just learned to read then yeah it might come as a shock

Slowknitter Wed 27-Feb-19 18:01:18

What on earth are you on about, OP? It's always been spelt Dairylea, and 'lee' is pronounced exactly the same as 'lea' anyway!

I knew about Nutella, but I pronounce it like 'nut' because that's how it's pronounced in the UK. The company knows this, so that's why they use the 'nut' pronunciation in the UK.

BananasAreTheSourceOfEvil Wed 27-Feb-19 18:08:49

What about Lidl?

Adverts for them pronounce it Lee-dle but I always say lid-l

Slowknitter Wed 27-Feb-19 18:12:18

Yes but Leedl is basically just Lidl said with a German accent. It's not that much of a shift from an English 'i'.

Ellisandra Wed 27-Feb-19 21:44:54

The OP is not going to come back grin

SparkiePolastri Wed 27-Feb-19 22:20:49

It's not like it's some sort of elaborate subterfuge @sapientia99 .

It's printed right there on the packet, and it's pronounced the same, regardless.


jcmayj Wed 27-Feb-19 22:27:36

It's always been spelt LEA

Justajot Wed 27-Feb-19 22:30:30

Surely Dairylee is just a bloke with a whiff of cheese about him.

BarbaraofSevillle Thu 28-Feb-19 07:10:12

Has anyone tasted it recently it's horrible, I thought I'd bought a faulty tub cos it was sloppy when I opened it

Did you buy the low fat version by mistake? That's a horrible shock if you're used to the real thing.

BejamNostalgia Thu 28-Feb-19 07:14:14

I was distraught when I discovered Cornflakes weren’t called Cornerflakes so I feel your pain. But I was 8.

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