The names of many
towns and villages are pronounced differently to the way they are
spelled / spelt. The following chart shows just a few: if
you know of any others please send them in so they can be added for
others to enjoy.
More information on
pronunciation can be found on the other page on site which lists
villages and town beginning with the letter A to K.
La Jolla, Southern California
La Jolla, CA is pronounced more like
La Hoya or La Hoy-yah, not La Hoy-er.
M. C. Potter
or Lock-lan - certainly the river in New South
Wales is the latter.
although there is much local debate with some
people still saying Southwell.
The pronunciation of Southwell
has been bastardised over the past 30 years. My wife was born there; her
family go back donkeys years in Southwell [In fact the original "Bramley"
apple tree still stands in the garden of what was originally one or her
relatives] and until I was about 25, neither her nor I had ever heard it
called "Suthell". Whilst this IS now a common used
pronunciation of Southwell, (mainly due to radio & TV media), a lot of old
South-wellians will spit in your face if you say "Suthell" to them!
I fear that thanks to the media, this is one town that will lose its original
I think the problem here is a
technical difference, the BBC do not state that the word is pronounced
Tross-lee, only that that is what it is called locally. I have lived in the
village for over 50 years and this contraction only started to come into
common usage about 25 years ago when the park was open, until then it was
pronounced as it was written.
As I said it is just a technical
difference between pronunciation and contraction, It is similar to saying that
young people pronounce McDonalds as Maccy d's, it is just a contraction not a
change in the actual pronunciation of the word.
Upper Peover (Cheshire)
(Nr. Devizes, Wilts)
Uttoxeter in Staffordshire is pronounced Oot-oxeter
where the first syllable rhymes with "foot", not Yew-toxeter. In fact it's
traditionally pronounced "oot-cheter". This is how my dad says it and the
following website says Geoffrey Manners Cavendish, former owner of Crakemarsh
Hall, says a posher version "Axeter"
locals in north Kent pronounce it root’m (there is no “a” sound).
Wudinna, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
"woo-dinner" or variations
Yachats, Oregon, USA.
Yatala, South Australia
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How 'bout Truth or
Consequences, New Mexico. It's named after a 1950s TV game show. Its
former name was Hot Springs*
Another US place name that's
pronounced as spelled, but it's the why that's colorful: Plum Nelly Georgia,
near the Tennessee border is so named because it's Plum out of Tennessee and
"nelly" out of Georgia.
"Menzies" (a Scottish clan and castle) - pronounced "MING-iss"
which is actually a tribe - pronounced "pigeon-jar-uh"
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