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     Saturday, October 18 2008 @ 02:12 PM EDT
    Following Louis' apology for getting British things wrong I thought I'd give a few hints on pronouncing some British place names.

    1. Cheltenham - the 'ham' in names like this (Birmingham being the other obvious example) is pronounced 'um'. This helpful distinction means that I can talk about the largest city in Alabama and the second largest city in England without having to clarify which one I mean. This doesn't apply to East and West Ham where the 'Ham' is pronounced how you would expect it to be.

    2. Worcester - This one has a ridiculous spelling and I understand why foreigners don't pronounce it correctly. It's actually pronounced 'Wusster'. Towcester though spelt in a similar way is actually pronounced 'Toaster' as in the thing that browns bread. Cirencester is pronounced how you expect it to be.

    Anybody have any other daft British names that Louis might have to pronounce in an upcoming podcast?

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     Saturday, October 18 2008 @ 02:29 PM EDT
    At least we don't steal place names, like our American friends do. Wink

    How about the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

    Yes it is a real place!

    I hope they film an episode there soon, then Louis WOULD HAVE TO say it! Wink

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     Saturday, October 18 2008 @ 06:00 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  cybercolin] At least we don't steal place names, like our American friends do. Wink

    How about the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

    Yes it is a real place!

    I hope they film an episode there soon, then Louis WOULD HAVE TO say it! Wink


    No... No way. What are our Welch friends drinking?



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     Saturday, October 18 2008 @ 09:21 PM EDT
    I used to live in Shrewsbury, Mass right next door to Worcester. Actually, in that small part of New England the name is pronounced pretty much correctly.
    I believe Satai Styx of these very forums lives there.

    For really incorrect pronounciation by Americans try my hometown of Edinburgh, or our neighbour Glasgow. Both of these place names are typically murdered by our American cousins. And just a hunch but I don't think that either North Berwick, or Berwick-upon-Tweed would fair too well.

    Just for kicks we could ask Louis to try saying Kirkcudbright, Llandudno, Armagh and Leicester, representing Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England respectively.




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     Saturday, October 18 2008 @ 09:34 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  cybercolin] At least we don't steal place names, like our American friends do. Wink


    Steal? Most of those are hand-me-downs from when we were still British colonies... Rolling Eyes Razz

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     Sunday, October 19 2008 @ 06:07 PM EDT
    could be worse.

    they could film at

    Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphop-
    nopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharn-
    amornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit.

    here

    "Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth."
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     Sunday, October 19 2008 @ 07:05 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  tarashnat]
    [Quote  by:  cybercolin] At least we don't steal place names, like our American friends do. Wink


    Steal? Most of those are hand-me-downs from when we were still British colonies... Rolling Eyes Razz


    Or, depending on locale you must add Spanish & French to that list. But Hey, the English language is infamous for taking other languages into dark alleys and robing them blind and leaving them for dead, so cast not stones at your children before ye remove the log in your own ham Wink .

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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 04:27 AM EDT
    How's about Leicester (pronounces LESTER)
    Or Edinburgh (Edin-brah)
    Or Middlesborough (Middles-brah)
    Or Brighton (pronounced Bright-UN, and not Bright-ON)

    More when i can think of them

    Drink
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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 05:16 AM EDT
    My friend has been working in England for the last 18 months, throught I'd share some of the assuming place names she's discovered.


    Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire
    Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire
    Bootle, Merseyside
    Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
    (And now, a street name because I quite liked it) Mincing Lane, London
    Witton Gilbert, County Durham
    Little Writting, Suffolk
    Cumboots, North Yorkshire
    Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
    Ashford Carbonell, Shropshire
    Tonypandy, Mid Glamorgan
    Hetton le Hole, Tyne & Wear
    Ducklington, Oxfordshire
    Lytchett Matravers, Dorset
    Ivinghoe Aston, Bedfordshire
    Nun Monkton, North Yorkshire

    bye bye david :(
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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 06:00 AM EDT
    I'd be impressed if a non-UK resident pronounced Beaulieu correctly.

    Not difficult to pronounce, but my favourite UK place name is Westward Ho!

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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 07:23 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  stjohnny] How's about Leicester (pronounces LESTER)
    Or Edinburgh (Edin-brah)
    Or Middlesborough (Middles-brah)
    Or Brighton (pronounced Bright-UN, and not Bright-ON)

    More when i can think of them


    ...or depending where you're from in the UK...
    Edinburgh (Edin-bruh)
    Middlesborough (Middles-bruh)

    There used to be an advert on UK TV advertising Worcestershire Sauce, with an american lady extolling the virtues of (spelt phonetically)... war chester shire sauce. Most of us in the UK would pronounce it (again phonetically-ish) wusstershuh (or wusster for short) sauce. Laughing Out Loud

    Excallibur? Blizard? ...Bikini Cops?
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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 07:29 AM EDT
    Then again, I grew up in the South Wales Valleys, and there are a fair few charming, if daft, place names, and don't get my dad started on their pronunciation.

    Near Merthyr Tydfil, there's a small village called PANT.
    There's another small village near to where I grew up called ABERBEEG.
    When I was at Secondary School (the blandly named Oakdale Comprehensive School) we often played against another local school located in CWMFELLINFACH. Then again, I went to PONTLLANFRAITH junior school.

    C'mon Louis, 'avago. Big Grin

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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 08:17 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    [Quote  by:  cybercolin] At least we don't steal place names, like our American friends do. Wink

    How about the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

    Yes it is a real place!

    I hope they film an episode there soon, then Louis WOULD HAVE TO say it! Wink


    No... No way. What are our Welch friends drinking?




    Well, actually, our Welsh friends drink brains.

    The brewery that services Cardiff is Brains Brewery. It always used to be the case (still?) that there was a big sign on the way in to Cardiff exclaiming 'Drink Brains!'. Might explain Ianto's girl friend...

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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 08:57 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  stjohnny] How's about Leicester (pronounces LESTER)
    Or Edinburgh (Edin-brah)
    Or Middlesborough (Middles-brah)
    Or Brighton (pronounced Bright-UN, and not Bright-ON)

    More when i can think of them


    Nottingham is pronounced Nottinghum

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     Monday, October 20 2008 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    [Quote Well, actually, our Welsh friends drink brains.

    The brewery that services Cardiff is Brains Brewery. It always used to be the case (still?) that there was a big sign on the way in to Cardiff exclaiming 'Drink Brains!'. Might explain Ianto's girl friend...


    Ah, lovely Brains Bitter (which sounds even better!) It's is quite good!

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