Many years ago, when I started diving, I discovered and fell in love with Nudibranchs. I told everyone about them – Nudibranch this and Nudibranch that….I bored them to death, I am sure!
Without knowing any better, I said Nuddi-branch (as in the thing growing on a tree)… well, that is how it is spelt, isn’t it (!?!). Nobody corrected me for ages. Then, a few months later, a kindly diver took me under her wing and told me the truth:
I felt stupid – trying so hard not to look or behave like a novice diver, I’d sounded like one every time I opened my mouth! My dive buddies and other divers had just let me carry on, pronouncing it incorrectly for weeks (I comforted myself by telling myself they had not known either).
If you can’t summon the courage to say it properly (cos you don’t say it how it’s spelt!) you can always say Nudi (noody!), after all, that is what all of us Nudibranch lovers call them! 😀
We have loads and loads of nudis in Gordon’s Bay – on any one dive you will see more than 10 different types! Come and check them out for yourself 😀