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Places to confuse the tourists

Following woody with Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and Kate kindly producing the correct pronounciation, I thought we might start a thread for Places said differently than their spelling would suggest.

Starting off with Milngavie just outside Glasgow - Its said as Mill-guy.

There's a story of a couple of folk passing through Milngavie who weren't too sure how it was pronounced. So they thought they'd check before saying it to anyone. Stopping for a bite to eat, they asked at the counter: ""Can you tell us how you pronounce the name of this place?"" Lad behind the counter said, slowly and clearly ""Costa Coffee"".

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Been to Dogellau pronounced Dol-clou

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Belvoir Drive, Belvoir Street and Belvoir Castle in Leicester/Leicestershire pronounced Beaver ...

Apparently that was used as a test during the war to check for potential german soldiers/spies etc.

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These arent particularly difficult:

Prudoe in the Northeast - Prudder

Ponteland, Northumberland - Pont EE land (emphasis on the ee sound).

Alnwick, Northumberland - Annick

Scone, Perthshire - Scoon

I can't think of any more right now!

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Anstruther said as Ainster

Culross said as Cyooross

Culzean said as Cullane

and the best one for me is Strathaven said as Strayven. Best for me cos Strathaven toffee (more a kind of tablet than toffee or fudge) came from there. I just lived up the road in the 70s and a trip to Stra'ven on a saturday afternoon had to include buying a bar of toffee. Sadly they ceased production in 2005. :(

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Leicester - pronounced Lester

Worcester - pronounced Wooster

Worcestershire - pronounced Woostershire

Plaistow - pronounced Plahstow

Greenwich - pronounced Grenich

Beaconsfield - pronounced Bekonsfield

Bicester - pronounced Bister

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My current Home town!

Witham.... pronounced Wit - am!

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llanberice in wales- pronnouced clan bear iss :) x

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...... spelt Llanberis........;-)

Three places in Milton Keynes with same endings but pronounced differently.

Broughton , pronounced Brorton

Loughton , pronounced Lowton

Woughton , pronounced Woofton!

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oh whatever :P

urm.... i have no other places apart form there's a southsea i live in and a southsea in wales and another in a couple of other places it's spelt right just there's loads of them :)

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Sounds like Tarbet and Tarbert up here. We've loads of both.

There's also duplication on some of the loch names. Lol.

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Grosmont in Yorkshire is pronounced Gromont.

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Just found the following -

Mousehole, pronounced mou-zl

Tintwistle, pronounced tinsel

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Cowbit = Cu Bit

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Oswaldthistle in Lancs. pronounced ozzle - twisel

near where I come from originally.

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The Staffordshire Kick Asthma holiday was held just outside the village of Brewood - which is pronounced ""Brood"".

Just outside Weston-Super-Mare there's a village called Congresbury - pronounced Cons-bry.

Virtually every place name that ends ""cester"" has that part of the name pronounced ""ster"" - Gloucester, Leicester, Worcester, and so on. The exception that proves the rule is ""Cirencester"", pronounced exactly how it is spelled!

Leomington Spa is pronounced ""Lemmington Spa"", and Leominster is pronounced ""Lem-ster""!

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........... but spelt Leamington Spa!

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Eglwyswrw in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pronounced 'Egg-lus-uro'

xxx

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Armagh - Our Ma.

Lough Eglish - Lock Eglish

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Mousehole in Cornwall pronouced Moosawl

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Mousehole in Cornwall pronouced Moosawl

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