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#4413257 - 03/28/18 11:35 AM City names with totally different pronounciations  
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I learned something new today. Apparently the city of "Worchester" in Massachusetts is pronounced as "Wooster" and if you pronounce it as written you will get funny looks from the locals. This reminds me of a city in England which is written as "Leicester" but I believe it is pronounced as "Lester" by the locals? Anyway, I find it both interesting and a bit funny how some city names have that discrepancy.


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#4413258 - 03/28/18 11:45 AM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Durham - "Durr-am"
Worcestershire - "Worstershire" *not a city*


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#4413259 - 03/28/18 11:48 AM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Ok not a city, but an area of london

Southwark, pronounced sufvock..

#4413263 - 03/28/18 11:52 AM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Ice, It's Woostershire. We don't pronounce the 'r'.


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#4413264 - 03/28/18 12:01 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
I learned something new today. Apparently the city of "Worchester" in Massachusetts is pronounced as "Wooster" and if you pronounce it as written you will get funny looks from the locals. This reminds me of a city in England which is written as "Leicester" but I believe it is pronounced as "Lester" by the locals? Anyway, I find it both interesting and a bit funny how some city names have that discrepancy.


It's not just England's Leicester. Just up the road from me is Leicester, NC and it's pronounced "Lester" as well. Leicester, NC You can tell people are not from around here if they don't pronounce it "Lester"

Then you get into the Beaufort, NC and Beaufort, SC thing. Beaufort, NC is pronounced "Boh-fart" and Beaufort, SC is pronounced "Bew-fart".

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#4413266 - 03/28/18 12:09 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: Chef]  
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Then you get into the Beaufort, NC and Beaufort, SC thing. Beaufort, NC is pronounced "Boh-fart" and Beaufort, SC is pronounced "Bew-fart".


Eh...those South Carolinians are a bit weird anyway huh? biggrin


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#4413272 - 03/28/18 12:32 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Gloucester Some here say Gla- ces- ter but others say Gloster.


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#4413274 - 03/28/18 12:57 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Huger, South Carolina is pronounced "Hue-Gee."

Norfolk is pronounced "Nor fuk" (I believe from my remembrance...Skate...?)

Des Plaines, IL is pronounced "Dez Planes" and Matteson, IL is pronounced "Matt-Uh-Son."

And my favorite is a town we visited in Austria...which I have to censor even though it technically isn't a swear word since it is a proper noun in Austria: "F*king" is pronounce "Fooking" as in "looking" or "booking."

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#4413276 - 03/28/18 01:10 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: Chucky]  
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Originally Posted by Khai
Ok not a city, but an area of london

Southwark, pronounced sufvock..

I thought that was Suffolk? smile

Originally Posted by Chucky
Ice, It's Woostershire. We don't pronounce the 'r'.

Hahaha! You might not, Chucky, but that's how a local here told me it was pronounced!! Might be more Wooor than Wor, but there was an R smile

Same thing for the worcestershire sauce -- "worstershire sauce" and definitely with an R

Hartlepool - 'Artlpoo
Middlesbrough - Middlsbruh
Darlington - Darlo

Hahahaha!!


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#4413283 - 03/28/18 01:19 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Worcestershire Sauce - Wooster Sauce

Belvoir Castle - Beever Castle

Cholomondely - Chumley

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#4413285 - 03/28/18 01:31 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: RedToo]  
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Originally Posted by RedToo


Belvoir Castle - Beever Castle

Cholomondely - Chumley



Wow. I definitely would have never guessed these!

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Calais, France - Ca-lay’
Calais, Maine - Cal’-iss

Woolwich = Woolich

Ber-lin’, Germany
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Woburn, MA - Wooburn.

Not a city name that I know of, but the surname “Featherstonehaugh” is pronounced “Fanshaw.”

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#4413288 - 03/28/18 02:02 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
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Then you get into the Beaufort, NC and Beaufort, SC thing. Beaufort, NC is pronounced "Boh-fart" and Beaufort, SC is pronounced "Bew-fart".


Eh...those South Carolinians are a bit weird anyway huh? biggrin



No, North Carolinians are! Any intelligent, well bred person would know that the SC pronunciation of Beaufort is the only correct one.


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#4413291 - 03/28/18 02:15 PM Re: City names with totally different pronounciations [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Isn't Beaufort, SC the town right next to Parris Island? If so, I agree with F4U because US Marines are always right. biggrin


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"Westeros" is pronounced "Westeros"

"Kings Landing" is pronounced "Kings Landing."

"Dorn" is pronounced "Dorn."

"The Wall" is pronounced "The Wall."

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Maryland - Havre de Grace Is Havitty Grace with the Grace being pronounced as what you say before dinner.

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Well, I honestly have no dog in the Beaufort fight. I've lived in both states long enough to enjoy the differences. I believe the difference comes from a sprinkling of french influence in SC. The Gullah dialect in coastal SC was influenced partial by it too. I worked at a hospital in Charleston where an old black guy spoke it. I didn't understand anything he said for a long time until one day it started making some sense to me what he was saying to me. Was married in Georgetown, SC. That area and North of it are so different and built up now. It's just awful. I remember Pawleys Island when all it was was a 7-11, a Red and White grocery, the Hammock Shops and a caution light at the causeway.

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Arab in Alabama is A-Rab*

Since the South is peppered with places named after Lafayette, it isn't uncommon to have them pronounced either as in the French or as Lah-Fay-ette to keep them straight.

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Try going to Hawaii? Some peeps call it Ha why ee, others say Haw why yah. Then there is a town there called Likelike. It is pronounced leaky-leaky..

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