Apparently we’ve all been pronouncing Roald Dahl’s name wrong THIS WHOLE TIME

As the author of many of our favorite childhood novels, Roald Dahl is a name synonymous with magic. Some of Roald Dahl’s most iconic works, of course, include James and the Giant PeachCharlie and the Chocolate Factory,and The BFG…JUST to name a few. But regardless of which story is your absolute favorite, there’s probably one thing we ALL have in common – how we pronounce the author’s name. Specifically, his first name.

I’m certainly not a phonetics expert, but here’s my best take at explaining how most people pronounce Roald: “ROLLED.” Or, at least, something like that, right? Well, it turns out this is NOT how you pronounce his name.

THIS is how you pronounce Roald’s name:

That’s right, folks. It’s pronounced “ROO-ALL!!!”


WAIT. Wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut?!

As it turns out, this is a Norwegian pronunciation.


And WHY you ask? Because his parents were Norwegian. In fact, he was named after Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian polar explorer and a hero of his father’s.

If you’re shocked, don’t worry, because you are DEFINITELY not alone!

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