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18th of July 2018

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Should be elementary, but Sherlock doesn't know what's on

Jonny Lee Miller, seen portraying Sherlock Holmes in Elementary

Jonny Lee Miller, seen portraying Sherlock Holmes in Elementary

Yes, he's fictional, but Sherlock Holmes supposedly possesses one of the greatest minds that ever existed, so you'd think pronouncing the name of a randomly selected town in faraway New Zealand would be, well, elementary.

Not so. At least not in the guise in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective is portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller in the long-running TV series Elementary, which depicts Holmes in America, solving cases with Dr Joan Watson (Lucy Liu).  

In the latest episode of the current season, broadcast in the United States this week, Holmes refers to a hospital as being in "Tie-maa-ru, on the east coast of New Zealand".

The mangling so incensed Auckland woman Grace Shelley that she posted about it on Facebook, along with a video clip, hilariously imagining a conversation that may have taken place in the show's writers' room.

"Righto John, we need a random place in New Zealand. Look at a map and whatever you see first, we'll go with that."

"Okay, Bob, found one. Should we bother figuring out how to say it?"

"Nah, we'll just guess."

"Are you sure, Bob? The Wikipedia page will have the pronunciation."

"I. said. we. will. just. guess."

For the record, Timaru's Wikipedia entry lists the pronunciation as "Timaru (English: /ˈtɪməˌruː)". 

Shelley said she rewound the clip "a few times because I couldn't figure out what they were saying".

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"One of my friends said he struggled to work the line out, too."

She said it would spoil the episode to give the line context.

"It's just that something unexpected has happened and the writers decided to pick a random New Zealand town."

Shelley said she was usually excited when the country got a mention in international media, but struggled to be happy this time.

"It really annoys me," she said.

The fact Timaru's name came from the Māori language (its Māori name is Te Tihi-o-Maru) worsened the blow, she said.

"To have it disrespected like that really surprised me."

 - Stuff

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