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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 13th May 18, 3:24 PM
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    Place names spelt differently from how you say them
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    • 13th May 18, 3:24 PM
    Place names spelt differently from how you say them 13th May 18 at 3:24 PM
    Okay, inspired by the "Tatterdemalion" thread and the excellent (imo) All The Stations series on YouTube by Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall, how about we play a game to see who can come up with a list of place names that are spelt one way but pronounced another?

    I'll start with examples from that thread:

    Leominster - pronounced Lemster
    Tough - pronounced Took
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    Yes, like Wooster, oops! I mean Worcester!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    And Towcester being Toaster
    Originally posted by Ames
    And Bicester being Bister ....
    Funniest I heard though was an Antipodean gentleman asking for directions to "Loga Boroga". He was trying to get to Loughborough!
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Now I'll turn the thread over to you, have fun!
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 13th May 18, 8:32 PM
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    Up here there is Ponteland which is always pronounced Ponty Land on National news but should be pon tea land
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th May 18, 8:39 PM
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    'London' is apparently called 'The Smoke' .....
    Sleazy
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 13th May 18, 8:42 PM
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    'London' is apparently called 'The Smoke' .....
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Wrong

    Its The Big Smoke
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th May 18, 8:50 PM
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    'London' is apparently called 'The Smoke' .....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Wrong

    Its The Big Smoke
    Originally posted by suki1964
    OK ... OK ...
    Sleazy
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    • trigger fish
    • By trigger fish 13th May 18, 9:27 PM
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    In South Wales you have at least 2 Ponty's

    Pontypridd-Ponty

    Pontypool-pool
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 13th May 18, 9:34 PM
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    Anstruther is pronounced locally as Ainster.

    Those in the south seem to have difficulty with the pronunciation of ch in Scottish place names, too many to list here but:

    Brechin comes out as Bre-chin
    Loch is Lock
    and so on
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 13th May 18, 9:40 PM
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    On the Newcastle Metro system there's a station called Chichester, pronounced Chy-chester.
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe


    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 13th May 18, 9:45 PM
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    Alnwick - pronounced Annick. And just up the road Alnmouth - pronounced Allunmuth.
    • barmonkey
    • By barmonkey 14th May 18, 12:23 AM
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    Woolfardisworthy is Woolsery
    WWSD

    (what would Scooby Doo)
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 14th May 18, 12:35 AM
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    Loughborough - Loogerberrooga
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    • pandora205
    • By pandora205 14th May 18, 12:46 AM
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    Mousehole pronounced Mowzel
    somewhere between Heaven and Woolworth's
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 14th May 18, 5:32 AM
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    Alnwick - pronounced Annick. And just up the road Alnmouth - pronounced Allunmuth.
    Originally posted by onlyroz
    Just along the coast from Alnmouth you have Boulmer, pronounced Boomer.
    Unless you are talking about the RAF station and then it is pronounced Bulmer by everyone but the locals.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 14th May 18, 8:20 AM
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    As a general rule anyplace with a "ham" at the end is pronounced "um"
    i.e. Oldham - Oldum
    Birmingham - Birmingum
    Cheltenham - Cheltenum
    Originally posted by atolaas
    I think that may depend on your accent?? I would say Cheltenham as its spelt...

    Around us we have
    Chop Gate - Pronounced Chop Yat
    Hessle - Pronounced as Hezzle
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 14th May 18, 9:24 AM
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    Hessle - Pronounced as Hezzle
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    Depends on which end of 'ezzle road you're on. At one end it's 'ezzle whereas at the other end it's Hessel.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 14th May 18, 9:37 AM
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    Depends on which end of 'ezzle road you're on. At one end it's 'ezzle whereas at the other end it's Hessel.
    Originally posted by onlyroz
    Personally I avoid that area full stop, much like the rest of Hull.
    Although I suppose Hull could be on the list of places that are pronounced wrong as its pronounced ull
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 14th May 18, 9:39 AM
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    Personally I avoid that area full stop, much like the rest of Hull.
    Although I suppose Hull could be on the list of places that are pronounced wrong as its pronounced ull
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    It's my home town, not that I've been back in a while. My mum went to Cardiff Uni and she always had trouble booking train tickets back home. At the ticket office they had no idea where Ull was, and so she had to ask for a ticket to Hal.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 14th May 18, 9:48 AM
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    Ynysybwl.

    Try saying that one.

    Sporting champion clue in that town name.

    Who was he?

    No googling.
    Originally posted by trigger fish



    It!!!8217;s s easy - if you are Welsh!


    Hawarden in Flintshire is pronounced Harden. Posh English influence?

    In Welsh it is Penylarg -head of the marsh, the old Dee flood plain, really.
    Last edited by pollypenny; 14-05-2018 at 9:52 AM.
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 14th May 18, 10:05 AM
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    Loughborough - Loogerberrooga
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    ???
    Surely it is pronounced as it is spelt?

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/loughborough
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 14th May 18, 10:12 AM
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    ???
    Surely it is pronounced as it is spelt?

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/loughborough
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    I've always said Luffburra
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 14th May 18, 10:21 AM
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    'London' is apparently called 'The Smoke' .....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    - Plymouth is known within the Naval community as Guz.

    - Almost everyone [I know] outside of Southampton affectionately [or not] refers to it as Scumampton.

    - Barnoldswick is locally known as Barlick.

    - Blaenau Ffestiniog
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