Visit Scotland's 'Penis Island' For a Limited Time
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Before we delve into a story that might make a few blush, we have to state right from the start that Penis Island is not what it sounds like.
Mashable’s Sam Haysom spotted a tweet regarding a sign welcoming tourists to Scotland’s Isle of Bute.
So far nothing untoward to speak of. However, it’s when someone with a working understanding of Gaelic comes meandering by when things go from unassuming to really rather hilarious.
Here is the tweet from James McLeary, which explains why some travelers might offer a chuckle on what seems to be a very ordinary sign.
Accents are fun, aren’t they?
When referring to accents in speaking terms, any confusion can be usually cleared up by asking, “I’m sorry can you say that again?”
But when we refer to accents hovering over, near or under letters of a respective alphabet, we are talking about a far more veiled problem.
Sometimes it just sits there, attracting little notice until someone with a smartphone comes by and essentially proclaims, “Hey, did you guys notice you have a big penis on that sign?”
Haysom helps us out on exactly what it going on grammatically here: “By missing the accent off Bhòid in the final word of the last line, the meaning of the translation changes from ‘Welcome to the beauty of the Isle of Bute’ to ‘Welcome to the beauty of Penis Island.’”
The Scotsman spoke to Bute councillor Len Scoullar who had this to say, presumably while rubbing his temples with the fury of a thousand suns: “It makes us look bloody stupid. I’m not a Gaelic speaker but I would apologise to people who are Gaelic speakers and we will rectify it right away. I’m sure it’s the big sign the council put up many, many years ago. It would probably be about nine years ago, the exact day I don’t remember. I will make enquiries as to who ordered the sign.”
It sounds like someone is going to get some retroactive noogies.
In any case, we might suggest hurrying to the location, because it sounds like this impromptu tourist attraction has a very limited lifespan at the moment.
Maybe, and this is just wishful thinking, if enough visitors flock to the island to see the mistake, the area will choose to keep the sign, which promises the grandeur and very real beauty of "Penis Island."
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