While The Green Planet viewers have been left in awe by the beauty and complexities of plants in the rainforest, several have also revealed how ‘obsessed’ they are by the way Sir David Attenborough pronounces the word ‘sloth’.
As if we didn’t already love him enough.
During the first episode of the new BBC series, Sir David took audiences on a journey into the rainforest, emphasising that it may be the world’s ‘last chance’ to allow the tropical environments to ‘heal’ following damage caused by humans.
At one point in the instalment, the 95-year-old explained one of the ‘downsides’ that plants experience, as ‘these precious, energy-packed leaves attract predators in every shape, size and agility’.
The camera then cut to a sloth climbing and eating plants, as Sir David narrated: ‘A sloth can only move slowly, but you don’t need speed to gather leaves, and it eats nothing else.’
However, while one would usually pronounce the word ‘sloth’ to rhyme with ‘moth’, the nature historian’s articulation made it sound more like ‘sleuth’.
Several viewers noticed this immediately, with one questioning if they had been saying the word wrong the entire time.
‘David Attenborough calling a sloth, a slowth (pr.) has blown my mind,’ one person tweeted.
‘Obsessed with how David Attenborough pronounces “sloth”,’ someone else said, while another remarked: ‘Have I been calling a sloth wrong? Attenborough calls them a sloth (as in the oa sound in coat).’
However ‘sloth’ should be pronounced, a number of people watching the programme expressed how much they loved hearing Sir David talk about them.
‘I love listening to David Attenborough talk about sloths,’ one person commented, with another adding: ‘Sloths always look so happy with their life choices.’
There are four more episodes of The Green Planet to come, with next week’s delving into plant life under the water.
During tonight’s episode, Sir David emphasised how human intervention has had a drastic effect on rainforests, saying: ‘Today, 70% of all the world’s rainforest plants grow within a mile of a road or a clearing that we have cut into the forest. And this is creating new battlefields in the tropical world. Alien armies of identical cultivated plants now stand where thousands of different species once grew.
‘We have planted vast regiments of crops in order to provide ourselves with food and other commodities, and the ancient forest has been reduced to ever fewer isolated fragments.’
The Green Planet returns next Sunday at 7pm on BBC One and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.