A Public Service Announcement

Every day, millions of English speakers, many of them British, make themselves sound like jackasses by pronouncing the president of Russia’s surname as “Piutin.” This is most often caused by the archaic pronunciation of the name Rasputin, which shares a root word with the president’s surname. This video demonstrates the proper way to pronounce that surname.  The president’s name should be pronounced “Poo-tin” in English. There is no y/j/i consonant in front of the “u.” The president’s full name is “ex-KGB agent Vladimir Putin.”

Don’t sound like a pretentious British person attempt to impress people at a party by dropping the names of world leaders. Pronounce the Russian president’s name correctly.

Two syllables, people. Two syllables. This isn't hard.

Two syllables, people. Two syllables. This isn’t hard.

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