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Places and things that are pronounced differently to their spelling

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  1. Groundgripper

    Groundgripper Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Place names and objects, animals or whatever, that are pronounced differently from the way they are spelled.

    (Example) :- Worcestershire said as Woo sti shir
     
    #1 Groundgripper, Feb 5, 2019 at 7:37 PM
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    dogslife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Llangollen (Clangothlan)? Any Welsh members please excuse my spelling and feel free to correct.:)
     
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  3. Groundgripper

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    Edinburgh ( Ed`n Bra)
     
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    dogslife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A visitor we were taking on a trip around Devon kept asking where ILL - FRACK- OMBEY was. Eventually we realised he had been seeing signs for Ilfracombe.:D
     
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    Our dearest friend Bruce from Georgia USA says our place names in a letter by letter format, and with different intonation on the pronunciation of certain letters, he and we have known each other for over 20 years now and he still can`t quite get the bemused expression off of his face by what he calls our rapid speech and pronunciation, and why do we have to put all those extra letters " U" into our words when we write, such as the word "colour":)
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Cholmondeley in Cheshire pronounced Chum-lee)
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Which has just reminded me of an American lady many years ago who called the Thames the River THAYMEES - which we renamed as such for several years afterwards...:wacky:
     
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    Alnwick in Northumberland pronounced An-ik
     
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    An old Spanish lady I knew pronounced Gloucester - GLUE-THES-TER.
    (Of course we Brits know it's GLOSTER.)
     
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    Mousehole (Cornish town not a wee mousey housey) = MOWZEL
     
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    Based on dialects, I’m really glade that this is a written forum. I struggle with some of the words here, but seeing them written does help me to figure them out.
     
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    You will love this one then:- Magdalen College in Oxford is pronounced :- Maud Lin col idge
     
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    I live in Norfolk and we have loads of these, for example Happisburgh- pronounced Haze-bru, also Wymondham, pronounced Wind-am, Costessey pronounced Cossy is another.
     
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    Ah the beauty of the old country and its weird ways, Try this one "Kircudbright" is said - Ker Cood Bri
     
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    I have, on the odd occasion visited a thatched pub in Dorset in the village of Puncknowle. Punnel!
     
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    Reading , Berks --> Redding, Barks
     
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    I've heard of the Vale of Beaver. Belvoir!
     
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    Towcester becomes "Toaster" when pronounced
     
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    Wildboarclough = Wilbercluff
     
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    sproughton in suffolk is sprawton nearby bramford is brarmfud but bramfield in the north of the county is bramfield..
     
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