Say it right

Places in Great Britain have weird names. Everyone knows this. It’s hard to escape if you’ve ever taken the Piccadilly Line tube, final destination: Cockfosters, or have been to Splott or Pratt’s Bottom (or, god forbid, Shitterton).

To make things even more confusing, very few place names are pronounced the way they appear on paper. Deceptively easy: Worcestershire, famous for the sauce.

The correct pronunciation is WUSS-tur-shear. I have no idea why, but my working theory is that Brits don’t want to waste precious minutes pronouncing the full name of anything. They could be talking about the weather instead.

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2 thoughts on “Say it right

  1. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    It is even more so in Australia. We took all the weirdness available in the UK, and tripled it, to make a country with plenty of lovely hot weather, some terrifying creatures, and suburbs nobody is quite sure how to pronounce. 🙂

    We took the Worcestershire sauce, too. 🙂 I have never quite understood that sauce myself. but my parents seem to love it.

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. You may see me drop by again during November, but it might be December before I finish my first drop by to blogs if I don’t get faster at leaving comments. 🙂

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!
    Snoskred
    http://www.snoskred.org

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    • Thanks for adding me to your feedreader! I’ve added my blog to your link up thingy.

      Australia and the UK supposedly have the same cultural heritage, but I don’t think the average Brit would last very long in Australia! I always think of the Dylan Moran bit about the water being full of sharks, swimming knives, and other things that want to kill you. And you also have Vegemite. 🙂

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