You’ve definitely been saying these Harry Potter words wrong

Harry PotterYou might’ve thought you learned how to pronounce the name of every Harry Potter character (even Hermione) after seeing the movies. But according to a list just published by Pottermore, there’s another major character’s name — and a bunch of other words — that we’ve been saying all wrong.

The name people are still mispronouncing, according to Pottermore’s blog post, is “Voldemort.” It seems pretty straightforward, but as it turns out, the “t” is silent. J.K. Rowling has confirmed it herself: She retweeted a tweet in 2015 reading, “One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the ‘t’ is silent in Voldemort, according to @jk_rowling.” She then added, “but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way.” So, he who must not be named really hasn’t been named much at all, at least not accurately.

Even more obscure, though, is the pronunciation of “knuts.” Unlike the T in “Voldemort,” the K in “knuts” is not silent, and the currency is pronounced “ca-nuts.” A few other tidbits: You pronounce all the Ts in “Amortentia” (a love potion); “Bezoar” (a stone from a goat’s stomach) has a silent A; the dark incantation “Morsmordre” is pronounced “mores-more-druh;” and the centaur Firenze’s name is pronounced like “frenzy.”

It’s nice to know that even after we’ve read and seen all things Harry Potter, there are still more secrets to uncover about the wizard world.

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The phrases that made 2016 and their meanings

By Salome Tsoka

There are phrases that were invented in 2016, that should find their way to a dictionary. Here are the new words that South Africans were using this year. 

Wololo

This phrase emerged after Babes Wodumo’s single hit the airwaves. It is associated with fun, good times and success. The song became a fan and celebrity favourite with  Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula also recognising the power of the song.

Dololo

This word came after Wololo and basically means the opposite. It is associated with nothing, failure and bad things

Oooooh Shame

This phrase was made popular by Somizi Mhlongo. During season 12 of the SA Idols it soon caught on and became used by most people. It is a versatile word and has numerous meanings. It depends on the context in which it is used. It can be used to ridicule, to excite or just for fun. It is slightly similar to the phrase “Oh please”

Watch Somizi teach Taraji P. Henson otherwise known as Cookie from Empire how to say Ooh Shame

God’s timing is never late. @tarajiphenson bless yo spirit

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Doom It

This may not necessarily be the actual phrase but it refers to the concept of the usage of doom. When news broke of a prophet who uses Doom pesticide to bless his congregation, social media went crazy. The pesticide was no longer associated with the demise of insects but seen as a tool that could be used to better your life. So, when one “dooms it”, they are effectively removing the bad from their lives and ultimately making things better.

Vrrr Phaa

This phrase comes from the sound a Golf 7 GTI makes when it drives off. The phrase is thus used to describe the sound the Golf GTI will make when a man drives off with a woman or another man’s woman.

Ska Bora Moreki

This one phrase may be used a lot this festive season. It comes from King Monada’s latest song which roughly translated means “Do not bore or piss off the person buying you drinks”.