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How do you pronounce "Leicester" as in Leicester Square, from the song "long way to Tipperary" ?????

How do you pronounce "Leicester" as in Leicester Square, from the song "long way to Tipperary" ?????

Old Jul 28th, 2010, 01:17 AM
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erratum "Worricksheeear"
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 01:34 AM
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My Scots friends pronounce it worrick shire as in shire county.

My husband, a Lancaster also say shear, like me, a southerner.

He does say bath rather than barth though.

I have never come across any one who would use either Brum or Brummigen to mean anything other than Birmingham, which for the benefit of those from Alabama is pronounced Birm-ing-um - no H sound in it
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 01:35 AM
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Happisburgh (Norfolk) anyone? That'll be Hayzbra

And Southwell (Nottinghamshire)is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a mystery...
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 02:14 AM
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>>And Southwell (Nottinghamshire)is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a mystery...
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 03:16 AM
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"Goon goo Pob?" easy - he's inviting you to the pub
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 03:32 AM
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Re: Southwell

If you're ignorant of the "correct" pronunciation you'll probably say South-well.

As you rightly point out, if you're more au fait, you'll go with "correct" Suth'll (cf Suth'k.

The denizens of the town however will tell you most definitely that the "incorrect" pronunciation South-well is actually correct after all and that anyone laughing at ignorami pronouncing it thus are indeed guilty themselves of revealing their own ignorance.

However locals from elsewhere in Nottinghamshire will assure you that the people of Southwell know not of what they talk and that the only correct pronunciation is Suth'll after all.

Basically - say it as you'd like; you'll sure to find someone who'll testify in court that you're correct. And someone else who'll testify the exact opposite.
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 03:51 AM
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Not to be confused with Southall in west London, which the BBC often like to pronounce as Suth'll but is actually pronounced as it is written.
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 04:51 AM
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Villages close to mine:

Aslackby pronounced AZELBY
Osbournby pronounced OZEMBY

Even British people don't know these, you have to live in Lincolnshire.
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 05:12 AM
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Similar problems with Shrewsbury.

Locals pronounce it "Shroosbury", while those who don't live there use the "correct" pronunciation "Shrosebury".

When I lived there, I knew someone who always referred to the town as "Salop", the name usually reserved as an alternative to the county name of Shropshire.
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 05:34 AM
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janisj: OK - khunwilko I am curious (honestly curious) how on earth did you find this 6 year old thread to top?

Janis, the search function has some glitches in it. Go to the search box at the top of the page and put in Bern Switzerland. Do NOT do advanced search. It will bring up threads with Bern Switzerland in the title that go back to 2000, well beyond the three-year time frame.
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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However locals from elsewhere in Nottinghamshire will assure you that the people of Southwell know not of what they talk and that the only correct pronunciation is Suth'll after all.

Basically - say it as you'd like; you'll sure to find someone who'll testify in court that you're correct. And someone else who'll testify the exact opposite.>>

our DD has spent the last 3 years living in Southwell/s'thull, and she said exactly the same thing. we heard both pronunciations, but were completely unable to tell whether the speakers were local or not so that didn't help!

what I can say is that it is a delightful little place, the minster is worth a visit by itself, there are great pubs, shops and cafes, and when it rains there's the workhouse to visit.
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Old Jul 29th, 2010, 05:42 PM
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John Adams lies here, of the parish of Southwell,
A Carrier who carried his can to his mouth well;
He carried so much and he carried so fast,
He could carry no more—so was carried at last;
For the liquor he drank being too much for one,
He could not carry off;—so he's now carri-on.

--Lord Byron

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27577...-h/27577-h.htm
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Old Jul 29th, 2010, 07:06 PM
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Well, this is a fascinating thread. Methinks that locals universally alter/bastardize the names of their towns so that they can distinguish outsiders and have a good snort. If it's an English town with a French-sourced name or a California town with a Spanish name, that seems doubly true.

Here, one of our own locales is carefully mispronounced Loss Ga-a-tus by the locals instead of the correct Spanish pronunciation. If you're a newbie, they'll recognize it as soon as you open your mouth. It drove me crazy when I moved here a (gasp) quarter of a century ago to know that I had to deliberately say it wrong to fit in, but I've become so used to it that I would probably call a Mexican/Spanish cat a "gatus" now & make a fool of myself all over again.
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Old Jul 29th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Uh - Make that more than one Mexican/Spanish cat.
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Old Jul 30th, 2010, 05:38 PM
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And Llano, Texas is pronounced lan-oh by the natives. Of course then there is Weesatche. Groan. I've always wondered if Pettus was originally Perez.
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Old Jul 30th, 2010, 11:41 PM
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>>Weesatche
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Old Jul 31st, 2010, 03:33 AM
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Would you believe me if I said I could tell you by listening if someone is from Warwick, Leamington Coventry, Stratford, Henley in Arden or Rugby!?!?!
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Old Jul 31st, 2010, 08:42 AM
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Hee hee hee, Patrick! Actually it is a bastardization of huisache, a native brushy tree.
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Old Aug 1st, 2010, 09:10 AM
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knuwilko - can you do this on the internet too?

i think that there is a character Pygmalion [or is that My Fair Lady?] who tries the same trick!
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Old Aug 1st, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Buckingham Palace is Bucking-um Palis.
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