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I can think of a few, Milngavie Hawick and Kirkcudbright in Scotland ('Mul-guy Hoik and Kirkcoobry), Happisburgh in Norfolk (Hayesborough) and Woolfardisworthy in Devon (Wool-sery).
A couple of places have caught me out. Being a Cymrophone, I always assumed Trysull was a village in Meirionydd and mentally pronounced it the Welsh way. Turns out it'sin fact a couple of miles outside Wolverhampton and is pronounced 'treezle'!
Regarding the CESTER towns, there is an exception, Alcester in Warwickshire and the A435, always referred to as the Alcester Road. People don't say All-ster as it tends to create confusion with Ulster, Ireland. Bong, just thought of Cirencester too!
Basford, Notts (Bass-ford), rather appropriate for a musician! Not far from Southwell (Suthull) Then there are those we all know about such as Altrincham (Altringham) and Barnstaple (Barnstable).
A Liverpudlian once told me there's this suburb of Liverpool called Gateacre but is pronounced Gatterkuh. It was featured recently on an episode of Location Location and was referred to throughout as it was pronounced - Gateacre. I'm mystified. Any Scousers reading this????
That's how they'd pronounce your wife's name in Brissle!dave brum wrote: and is pronounced 'treezle'!
We stayed in Stiffkey in Norfolk, pronounced Stewkey.
Arr we do be all savages 'ere. We 'as customs of our own, and we don't get to see many strangers round these parts. Come and have a bit of our home made bread (hur hur hur). Just don't comment on the number of toes some of us has.dave brum wrote:Wymondham in Norfolk on the A11, pronounced Wyndham. Not that I've ever been there, as far as I'm concerned the land east of the M1 is uncharted territory, a kingdom one only hears about in the mass media and reads about in books.
We do have Lode, Over, Reach, March and Quy near to us, and places I can't pronounce like Pampisford, Manea.
Gizzy, who stayed in Wymondham on a weekend break once: it's a very sweet town.
A few km on the English side of the border in Herefordshire is Ewyas Harold, 'yoo-as'.
Cookham? Is that wot Tom Kerridge's restaurant is called???Gill the Piano wrote:I'm up the top end of the High Street away from the river. There will be an awful lot of people in trouble before us! We've had the army in town and in Cookham (where my friend is in deeper trouble) and she says the army are fabulous. But that if any fatuous politicians turn up she's going to set the dogs on 'em... I would pay to see that.
Probably you're better off with the cafe in Waitrose or just preparing a nice picnic and taking it down to the riverside (not at this present time obviously) with the ghetto blaster playing Buxtehude.
The Handy Fowlers??? Pauline and Arthur in East Endingtons??
To the Old Norse placenames of Yorkshire, Slaithwaite is pronounced Slawitt. Wonder if that also applies to Southwaite in Cumbria. Sawitt?
Many years ago there was a Drum and bugle Corps from Emmaus Pa. and it was pronounced E-ma-us. They participated in a parade in a town with a street named Emmaus but pronounced E-moss. When the announcer from the town mispronounced the name of the corps, there was a lot of shouting trying to correct him.
Are you sure your radio's turned on and the volume all the way up, I really don't understand why the announcers can't hear you.Gill the Piano wrote:I regularly shout at the radio when they talk about the Bisham roundabout as Bish-am when it's actually Bissum.But the announcers take no notice...
I also don't understand why other posters can't tell when I'm typing really hard for emphasis on these forums. I mean when I play the piano and strike the keys really hard, anyone listening can tell, can't they?
Yes, perhaps I should unplug the headphones.Gill the Piano wrote:Depends on the piano!
In his defence, he has been making some wonderful lyrical comparisons to early mornings over the Thames and Hungerford Bridge this week from the Third's temporary base in the Southbank Centre.
Apparently 'Weight Limit 3 Tons' is pronounced as 'I have a 40 ton lorry and I'm going to drive it over this bridge' in Lithuanian. Marlow Bridge now closed for the forseeable while engineers try to sort out the damage done by Girteka Logistics on Saturday night; halfwits.
'Sla-witt', as I mentioned way back in April 2015, a couple of days before I took my sabattical from here.Gill the Piano wrote:How IS it pronounced?
I always think every time I see a lorry drive up our residential street how on earth we managed before satellite navigation systems? I mean, we had to purchase road maps and engage our eyes, brains and driving skills. I have one, but it is not used. They are a pain in the neck to set up and even more of a pain in the neck to program. Google Streetview however is useful.
I have the memory of a goldfish...dave brum wrote:'Sla-witt', as I mentioned way back in April 2015, a couple of days before I took my sabattical from here.