Guest Blog: The Surprising Truth behind Jekyll and Hyde

A delightful and interesting essay on Jekyll and Hyde. Do read!

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By Daniel Evers, University of Bristol

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of the most famous supernatural horror stories of all time. The novella’s impact on Western culture is such that ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ has entered the English lexicon as a definition for any morally ambiguous person.

The text is enjoyed by many, and rightly so, but the majority of readers continue to be deceived by a lie, created and perpetuated, it would seem, by the media of film and television.

The point is that most people are convinced that they know how to correctly pronounce the name of the eponymous Dr Jekyll. The correct pronunciation is, and always has been, ‘Jeck-ul’, of course.

Or has it?

Well no, as it happens. The correct (and little-known) Scottish pronunciation of Jekyll is ‘Jee-kul’, a fact that, when shared with a discerning listener in the course of polite…

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3 Responses to Guest Blog: The Surprising Truth behind Jekyll and Hyde

  1. Luanne says:

    So even the musical is pronounced wrong!

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