Anyone who lives in Newfoundland knows the name of their province gets butchered quite frequently–especially by non-Canadians. First-timers often refer to it as “New-FOUND-land”, eliciting cringes from locals everywhere.
That’s why so many people from the province are grateful to Mindy Kaling, who recently echoed what residents have been trying to tell people for decades:
You pronounce Newfoundland like “understand”, according to my friend who just shot a movie there.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 26, 2016
Newfoundland clearly took notice, because literally within one hour, Mindy Kaling was trending in Canada:
— Trendsmap Canada (@TrendsmapCanada) January 27, 2016
The gratitude immediately began popping up all over social media, as the entire province breathed a sigh of relief:
@mindykaling Well done.
— Alan Doyle (@alanthomasdoyle) January 26, 2016
@mindykaling “Understand Newfoundland” is a rallying cry for misunderstood, mispronounced islanders
— David Rider (@dmrider) January 26, 2016
@mindykaling noofin-Land (the first part said quickly) like POOFIN’ or GOOFIN’.
— janeovision (@janeovision) January 27, 2016
Others were simply happy with all the attention Newfoundland was getting:
I think @mindykaling just found out that anytime ‘Newfoundland’ is mentioned by a celebrity we Newfoundlanders lose our shit
— HelloFromTrevor (@HelloFromTrevor) January 27, 2016
@mindykaling this tweet literally made local news. Newfoundland never gets celebrity attention. Thank you
— Bradley Crane (@brad_fierce) January 27, 2016
@mindykaling We love you! PLEASE come to Newfoundland!
— Classic Hits (@coast1011) January 27, 2016
A company even offered Kaling a trip!
@mindykaling We’d be happy to show you around the province!
— Provincial Airlines (@Provincialair) January 27, 2016
But one person just couldn’t deal:
@mindykaling my whole life has been a lie. thank you for this earth shattering info.
— juliette (@leocasteIlano) January 26, 2016
As happy as we are that the struggle may be over for Newfoundland, people have a tendency to mispronounce place names all over Canada. There’s the classic “Tor-on-toe” (Toronto), or “Mont-real” (Montreal). The problem is so bad, we actually created a guide so that you can never make those mistakes again.
Now if only we could get Kaling to churn out a few more of those tweets…