I came across this last name in a TV serial - Warwick. Some characters in this serial pronounce 'Warwick' without the second 'w', but one character pronounces it with the second 'w'. So, I am curious about how to actually pronounce it.
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In BrE it's pronounced "worrick".
The place in the UK is, as bhaisahab said, pronounced "Worrick". Apparently the singer Dionne Warwick gets very cross when she comes to the UK and hears her name being pronounced "Worrick" as it should be "Wore-wick".
Never did understand why the French, and, in this case (Worcestershire) the British, have letters in their words when they don't intend to pronounce them.
Last edited by Olympian; 09-Jun-2013 at 00:34. Reason: please correct -> please correct me
A long time ago I had been told that proper nouns can be pronounced in any way (or various ways). Is this true? From the 'Warwick' example, it seems true. But I can't understand why Dione Warwick gets cross if the British pronounce it in the British way. Isn't the word from the UK, after all? Perhaps, being a celebrity, she expects people to know how she pronounces it.
Talking about mangling names, recently the new Chinese premier Li Keqiang visited India. Some Indian TV channels had his name written in Indian languages (phonetically) as Lee Kay Key-ahng (when it should be khuh chee-ahng). I don't know if the Chinese would be amused or cross when they read this phonetic spelling in Hindi, especially since now some Chinese can read Hindi as this ad for 'The Economist' shows.
As far as Dionne Warwick is concerned, yes, I think it is because she thinks everyone should know how to pronounce her name because she is famous.
Some years ago, one of my students on a French course for adults admitted that he was rather disappointed when he met me at the first session. He had imagined that my name in the course description, Five, was pronounced /fi:fi:/.
I was disappointed when Tdol said that his name was pronounced /ti:dɒl/. I had always thought of him as /tɪdl/
Last edited by 5jj; 09-Jun-2013 at 08:44.