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January 20, 2015 8:08 PM   Subscribe

Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch can't say the word penguin. (SLGrahamNorton)
posted by Cold Lurkey (44 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
Metafilter to the rescue!
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:19 PM on January 20, 2015


He should do what I do and call them 'pen-pens'. Or pen-geeeeeeeees!

Seriously, everyone go see the Phillip Island penguins. I think my voice went up 4 octaves.
posted by orrnyereg at 8:30 PM on January 20, 2015


Elementary!
posted by clavdivs at 8:30 PM on January 20, 2015


To be fair, I don't think I can say 'Benedict Cumberbatch' reliably.
posted by mazola at 8:36 PM on January 20, 2015 [20 favorites]


I saw the Penguins of Madagascar and I'm pretty sure a caught a "Pengwings" or two out of Cumberbatch's character in the movie before I even knew who the voice actor was.... Also, he sais he checked with Disney, but this was a Dreamworks picture.... Oops!
posted by Jugwine at 8:45 PM on January 20, 2015


My girlfriend's mom has a hard time with both the bird's name and the actor's, so we just had a very hearty laugh and are trying to decide whether to forward it to her.
posted by ducky l'orange at 8:46 PM on January 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Benerdict"
posted by clavdivs at 8:49 PM on January 20, 2015


Please help me...things like this drop me into a Graham Norton rabbit hole and it takes hours to get out.
posted by Ber at 8:52 PM on January 20, 2015 [8 favorites]


BundtCake Camembert. Bananarama CamberedLouvers. You can just do it forever, it's an infinitely recursive mantra, good for the blood pressure. Balaclava Cantinflas.
posted by Divine_Wino at 8:55 PM on January 20, 2015 [18 favorites]


Ber, I can send you from one rabbit hole into another - have his Nerdist podcast appearance.

He was WAY fun on that - I think they even touch on the "pengling" thing in there. Although my favorite bit comes when: not every guest is aware that it's okay to cuss on the Nerdist podcasts, so there came a moment when Benedict let an f-bomb drop, and it went down like this:

BC: [blah blah blah fuck blah]. ....oops, sorry.

CH: Oh, no, it's okay, you can say "fuck" on this show.

BC: Oh really! Huh. {pause, gleefully} Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:58 PM on January 20, 2015 [8 favorites]


BundtCake Camembert. Bananarama CamberedLouvers. Balaclava Cantinflas.

Slut Bunwalla!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:59 PM on January 20, 2015 [12 favorites]


BundtCake Camembert. Bananarama CamberedLouvers. Balaclava Cantinflas.

Nope, sorry, these violate the rules (further explication).
posted by Lexica at 9:10 PM on January 20, 2015 [4 favorites]


BundtCake Camembert. Bananarama CamberedLouvers. Balaclava Cantinflas.

Fuck. Now I'm going to be doing THIS all night as I lay in bed: Blenderman Crumplebuff, Borgcube Kringlemath, Bananastick Clingerbomb . . .
posted by KingEdRa at 9:10 PM on January 20, 2015 [4 favorites]


NO RULES. BabwaWawa CameraPhone!
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:14 PM on January 20, 2015 [8 favorites]


Well, this is embarrassing. You see, I've been working on a script, affectionately called benedictionary.js, which, well, spits out variations of His name. I wasn't sure why I was writing it. Until now.

Benelicked Slumberbatch, Benesticht Glumerbatch, Beneitch Cumbergach, Brennadict Crumberbatch, Benepitch Cumbergach, Jennadict Klumberbatch, Benenicked Humberbatch, Benewich Cumbergach, Beneriche Schumerbatch, Benelicked Numbberbatch, Benadict Lummerbatch, Benefritsch Thumbberbatch, Beneschlicht Lumberbatch, Benewitch Stumerbatch, Rennadict Cumbernycz, Kennadict Schumberbatch, Mennadict Cumberhatch, Brennadict Cumbernitsch, Beneriche Dumbberbatch, Beneniche Cumberflach, Benepitch Krummeberbatch, Beneditch Numberbatch, Hennadict Plumerbatch, Sennadict Gummerbatch, Benewhich Cumberklich, Beneich Cumberwhich, Benezich Rumberbatch, Benetritsch Cumberstach, Zennadict Thumberbatch, Mennadict Dumbberbatch, Benenycz Cumberlache, Benenitsch Drumberbatch, Beneticked Umberbatch, Benebitch Cumbertkach, Beneritch Cumberwhich, Tenadict Thumberbatch, Benefritsche Shumberbatch, Tenadict Umerbatch, Benetricked Cumberswitch, Benelicked Cumberniche, Benekitsch Cumberhitch, Benezich Bluhmberbatch, Pennadict Crumbberbatch, Brennadict Mumerbatch, Benefritsch Krumberbatch, Benenycz Krummerbatch, Benestrict Dumbberbatch, Gennadict Stummerbatch, Benekitch Cumbernitsche, Benenitsche Schummerbatch, Benepricked Crummberbatch, Tenadict Umberbatch, Benekitsch Cumberritch, Beneticked Mummeberbatch, Benemitch Cumbernycz, Brennadict Krummberbatch, Benelicked Chumerbatch, Beneswitch Gumberbatch, Benadict Cumberstach, Benetritsch Mummeberbatch...
posted by gwint at 9:32 PM on January 20, 2015 [25 favorites]




It's still in beta.
posted by gwint at 9:32 PM on January 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


Also: definitive pronunciation guide.
posted by gwint at 9:34 PM on January 20, 2015


Surprise Miranda Hart cameo!
posted by Sara C. at 9:35 PM on January 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


Obligatory: Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator

Snozzlebert Crackerdong
Bentobox Cheddarcheese
Bombadil Rivendell

posted by ArmandoAkimbo at 9:39 PM on January 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Snozzlebert Crackerdong
Bentobox Cheddarcheese
Bombadil Rivendell

Susan.
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:47 PM on January 20, 2015 [5 favorites]


Frumious Bandersnatch.
posted by allthinky at 10:12 PM on January 20, 2015 [4 favorites]


Benzodiazepine Samplepack.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 10:23 PM on January 20, 2015 [10 favorites]


Three please!
posted by clavdivs at 10:35 PM on January 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Why is everyone in this thread having a stroke, is it the video, is it cursed
posted by Rinku at 10:38 PM on January 20, 2015 [14 favorites]


Slenderman ElderWitch
posted by benzenedream at 10:46 PM on January 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Last time I used the generator, I stopped at Butawhiteboy Cantbekhan.
posted by radwolf76 at 10:50 PM on January 20, 2015 [7 favorites]


Benetton Coochyrash.

Hee.
posted by ApathyGirl at 11:23 PM on January 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks Empress Callipygos for that link! There goes an hour of productivity for me... I could listen to this man swear all day.
posted by misozaki at 2:24 AM on January 21, 2015


Barcalounger Kaiserreich
posted by XMLicious at 2:32 AM on January 21, 2015


Brimblebitch Cosbysweater
posted by kjs4 at 4:28 AM on January 21, 2015


There goes an hour of productivity for me... I could listen to this man swear all day.

The whole interview is pretty good. I think they even touch on the "pengwings" thing briefly, and they even have a couple stints of making fart jokes; early on, Chris asks him if he ever gets tired of all the heavy material he gets and whether he would ever just want to "make some stupid fart comedy with Adam Sandler" and Benedict says, "well, I am good at farting, I suppose...." And then they revisit the issue at the end for a few minutes.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:48 AM on January 21, 2015


But can he say "squirrel"?
posted by Foosnark at 6:34 AM on January 21, 2015


Stupid youtube isn't going to the correct part of your link for me, EC. How terrible! Now I have to listen to the whole thing. A whole podcast of Benedict Cumberbatch being delightful. How awful!
posted by ocherdraco at 7:00 AM on January 21, 2015


I know someone was trying to avoid Graham Norton, but the clip of Benedict doing a Chewbacca imitation is very fun. (Especially because Harrison Ford is sitting next to him and is VISIBLY blown away.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:10 AM on January 21, 2015 [4 favorites]


Crud BoneMeal!
Crunch ButtSteak!
Blast HardCheese!
Bolt VanderHuge!
Buff DrinkLots!
Gristle McThornBody!
Roll Fizzlebeef!
Smash LampJaw!
Thick McRunFast!
Big McLargeHuge!
posted by duffell at 7:14 AM on January 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


I wonder what happened on that "Penguin" thing? Was he speaking to one of the expert advisers who had an odd accent or did he just say the word so many times in the lead up to rehearsal that it just became foreign to him. Because "penguin" is not a strange or rare word and Cumberbatch must have said it hundreds of times before this--and he's someone who usually enunciates very clearly and distinctly. There must be some sort of backstory there.
posted by yoink at 9:57 AM on January 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


Doesn't everybody (or at least a few MeFites) have their own personal "stutter words", though? I have had problems saying "statistics" and, of all the things for a librarian to trip over, "Google" in the past. With the former, I get hung up on the sibilants, and with the latter I still occasionally go onomatopeic and simply make an infant's gurgle.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:30 AM on January 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


Maybe he was attacked by a penguin as a spoolboy.
posted by yoink at 10:56 AM on January 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


The "Penguins of Madagascar" movie was more enjoyable than the three Madagascar movies which preceded it - sharply clever with amazing slapstick routines that keep going and going getting bigger and bigger laughs, fall-off-the-chair funny voice acting, with a loose and easy Malkovich running away with his role, and Peter Stomare doing yet-another-accent-badly as is his wont. Kind of wish it was more inclusive, tho - the lack of a defined female character was notable.
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:17 AM on January 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


He's such a good sport.
posted by misozaki at 4:19 PM on January 21, 2015


Chamberpot Cummerbund.
posted by mazola at 9:31 PM on January 21, 2015


An acquaintance of mine, recently transitioned into eligibility for the Senior Citizen Discount and hence enamoured with relating anecdotes about his personal medical problems, is apparently unable to say the word "prostate" and invariably says "prostrate" instead, no matter how many times in the last few seconds bystanders have corrected him in a desperate attempt to take their minds off of what he's actually saying.
posted by XMLicious at 1:41 AM on January 22, 2015


Doesn't everybody (or at least a few MeFites) have their own personal "stutter words", though?

*nods* In the speech classes in my acting studio, one year the teacher asked us each if there were any words we "particularly had trouble with" so we could work on them in class.

Ironically, one of my words actually was "particularly". I still say "puh-TICK-yer-lee" though, so it didn't take.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:31 PM on February 3, 2015


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