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How do you pronounce that?
British place names are diverse, influenced by Saxon, Viking, Norman, Latin words, among other sources. What you see if definitely not what you get. At least not always.
Here is a selection of British place names that often throw those folks unfamiliar with the pronunciation – including my fellow Brits!
Confused? Yep, that’s English for you.
Cindy J. Smith
8/5/2021 06:34:26 pm
It is interesting how the spelling of a name can be so different from how it is pronounced. Here in the US it is the same, with towns spelling their names the same and the pronunciations are totally different!
8/5/2021 07:54:56 pm
And then there is the classic American tourist in the West End of London asking directions for Lie-sester Square - it's happened to me more times than I can recall. It's Lester Square, guys.
Erika M Szabo
8/6/2021 05:51:29 am
This had caused me a lot of headache when I started learning English LOL
8/6/2021 03:08:24 pm
English is a crazy language for sure! I'm always fascinated by the differences between British English and American English. Many place names in the US are vastly different due to different local influences. The Great Salt Lake is pretty self explanatory, but what about the Grand Tetons (French people always giggle at that one) . How about Mississippi? I live next to a mountain range called Wasatch.
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