London: Cheyne Walk

Sep 16th, 2005, 08:51 PM
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London: Cheyne Walk

I thought I had posted this question in a thread dedicated to another London subject, but searching my screen name (clicking, double clicking, etc.) turned up nothing. So please allow me to ask again.

How do you pronounce the above name? We were walking on Cheyne Walk, and an American (I'm one, too) woman overheard me wondering aloud how Cheyne Walk was pronounced. She very confidently told me that it was pronounced just as was the Native American tribe, the Cheyenne (Shy-anne).

But I would like to hear it from a Londoner, or at least a British person. Is this how Cheyne Walk is pronounced? Thanks, Debbie
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Sep 16th, 2005, 11:14 PM
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I grew up pronouncing it Chay-knee, and have never been led to believe there was any other pronunciation. I don't remember hearing anyone say it differently, so they must have been saying Chay-knee too.

If I'm wrong no doubt someone will correct me... and I'll just blame my parents!
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Sep 17th, 2005, 12:02 AM
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It is Chay-knee, or rather Chain-eee. Chay-knee puts the emphasis on the wrong part, but the idea is correct.

But it should be pronounclosed "closely" together, e.g. Americans call Kenwood Ken-pause-wood. It sounds wrong as it is meant to be one word. So beware!
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Sep 17th, 2005, 04:28 AM
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Think of the vice president.
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Sep 17th, 2005, 05:12 AM
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mclaurie beat me to it

That woman probabley pronounces Leicester lie-ces-ter too . . . . . .
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Sep 17th, 2005, 07:05 PM
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I always thought that woman must have been wrong, and I try to never think of the Vice President.

Thanks all
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