A brief guide to the best/worst surnames to appear on University Challenge
A contestant on a recent episode of University Challenge was hailed by some as having ‘the poshest name ever’. A name so posh it almost didn’t fit the space.
People commented about its difficult pronunciation as well as other problems it might give rise to.
Looking forward to the voice over man on #universitychallenge trying to say Joly de lotbiniere quicker and quicker
— Olivia Beale (@OliviaBeale) February 29, 2016
— ben shorrock (@benshorrock) February 29, 2016
But London-based history student Barto Joly de Lotbiniere is just one in a long line of people who have appeared on University Challenge with names that have caught the attention of the British public – here are some of the best/worst.
There was Gabriel Trueblood, the captain of St Peter’s College, Oxford. Or possibly Hogwarts.
‘Eezer Goode ‘Eezer Goode He’s Ebene-Bezer Goode
Perhaps not the best name to be the captain of St. George’s medical school.
ALL HAIL GRATREX, ALIEN OVERLORD OF KING’S, CAMBRIDGE.
Stop sniggering, this is a serious programme.
Luckily (for her) she didn’t answer a single starter question so her name wasn’t said much.
Jeremy Paxman said that Alex Guttenplan was “like a machine”. A KNOWLEDGE MACHINE.
This man, who clearly trumps Lotbiniere in giving the announcer cold sweats.
Well done to all of you, you are the true winners of University Challenge.