You’ve most probably been pronouncing Roald Dahl’s name wrong your whole life

By November 18, 2016Current

TL;DR – It’s not “Rolled” Dahl.

I’m pretty sure we would ALL have read at least one of Roald Dahl’s works.

Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, Matilda… just to name a few. And of course, who wouldn’t know Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

However, I think most of us – like 99.9999% kinda most – have been pronouncing the famed author’s name as “Rolled” or some similar variant of it.

As it turns out, we are all wrong.

Apparently, THIS is how you pronounce Roald’s name:

For those who are too lazy to watch videos (I should know, I’m one of them), this Norwegian name is pronounced as ROO-ALL.

Roald Dahl’s parents were actually Norwegian – which probably explains why some of his stories were set in Norway – and he was named after Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian polar explorer and a hero of his father’s.

So yes, now we know!

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