Sunday, February 18, 2007

It's Bedlam!

In English, when we say something is 'bedlam', it means chaos or madness.

The word bedlam comes from the name of a hospital for mental patients - Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem. The common people pronounced Bethlehem as Bedlam.

In the 1700s people used to go to this hospital for entertainment. They would bring their families to laugh at the mad people there! Please don't try this today!

No comments:

Salmon and Often

Salmon and Often I've often noticed that speakers of English as a second language mispronounce salmon. It looks like it is st...