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    Worcester

    This comes from an episode of Map Men on Jay Foreman's YouTube channel.

    It's about how to pronounce British place names, and why to pronounce them that way.

    "(...)No letter of the English alphabet is safe from being pronounced any of dozens of different ways—including not at all. Thankfully, there are some general rules you can stick to, and because we are nice, we'll help the un-British [?] amongst you through a couple of basics.


    • Cester is pronounced /stə/ - Leicester, Worcester, Gloucester.
    • W at the start of the final syllable is silent - Norwich, Berwick, Southwark.
    • Er is pronounced /ɑ:/ - Berkshire, Clerkenwell, Hertfordshire."


    Do you approve of this?

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    Re: Worcester

    Broadly, yes, but you're sure to encounter exceptions.

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    Re: Worcester

    This is where GB Shaw's ghoti (= fish, from enough, women and station) kicks in.

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    Re: Worcester

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post

    Do you approve of this?
    I am not sure what you mean by that.

    If you are asking whether I approve of Jay Foreman's summary of the pronunciation (in British English) of some English place names, then I think it's OK. I don't think 'approve of' is the right expression there.

    If you are asking whether I approve of the weird British pronunciation of some place names, then I thoroughly approve of it. It's a cunning device to enable residents to spot outsiders.


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    Re: Worcester

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I am not sure what you mean by that.

    I meant Jay Foreman's summary, but now that you've mentioned it, I too think it's a cunning device.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Dec-2020 at 08:57. Reason: pruning the quote

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    Re: Worcester

    My friend grew up in a town called Towcester.

    (Yes, like the kitchen appliance.)

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    Re: Worcester

    Towing cesters around gets tiresome.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Worcester

    I once heard a joke about -ssexes.

    We have Sussex in the south, Wessex in the west, Essex in the east, but people in the north don't get Nossex.

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    Re: Worcester

    ... and don't get the wrong idea about Middlesex.

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    Re: Worcester

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    This comes from an episode of Map Men on Jay Foreman's YouTube channel.

    It's about how to pronounce British place names, and why to pronounce them that way.

    "(...)No letter of the English alphabet is safe from being pronounced any of dozens of different ways—including not at all. Thankfully, there are some general rules you can stick to, and because we are nice, we'll help the un-British [?] amongst you through a couple of basics.


    • Cester is pronounced /stə/ - Leicester, Worcester, Gloucester.
    • W at the start of the final syllable is silent - Norwich, Berwick, Southwark.
    • Er is pronounced /ɑ:/ - Berkshire, Clerkenwell, Hertfordshire."


    Do you approve of this?
    I am from Leicester and went to school in Loughborough, so I approve of no sound/spelling system fully.

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