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Old 7th Oct 2019, 10:30
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Top 10 most difficult place names (UK)

Surprised Frome makes it to No.1. Had never heard of Woolfardisworthy before. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-49813249
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Considering this is a survey of British English place names it is understandable that Ynysybwl at No 8, a Welsh word, is rather hard to pronounce. For anyone not familiar with the Gaelic based languages used in Cornwall, Wales and Western Scotland, place names will be very difficult if not impossible.
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 10:47
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Ynysybwl is not pronounced as suggested in the piece- starting with a 'Y', it would be Unnis-u-bull. School day

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Old 7th Oct 2019, 10:54
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Trottiscliffe (Tros-lee)
Meopham (Mep 'am)
Deopham (Deef 'am)
Happisburgh (Haze-borough)
Stiffkey (Stoo-key)
Costessey (Cossey)
Postwick (Pozzick)
Wymondham, Norfolk (Wind'um)
Wymondham, Leics (Wye-mond 'am)
Mousehole (Mou-zel)

Ten more to be getting on with

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Old 7th Oct 2019, 11:04
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Have been asked by Americans,Windsore[Windsor] ,Bi Cester[Bicester] ,Reeding[Reading] and Hi Wi Com Be[High Wycombe]
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 11:13
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Errr...OK, how about these places have the "official" pronunciation in brackets next to them please?

We only have simple place names here in Oz, like Goonoowigall (Gunny-wiggle) and Goonoo Goonoo (Gunny G'noo). The obvious ones like Throatwarblermangrove (Smith) don't really need an explanation.
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 11:18
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Wasn't there an American aircraft who wanted to route direct to Stabbs instead of St Abbs?
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 11:26
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How about
Bosham and Cosham?
Shrewsbury or Shrewsbury?
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 11:27
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Wasn't there an American aircraft who wanted to route direct to Stabbs instead of St Abbs?
I heard it was Stalbans, and the asked to route back via St Rumble...
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The automatic station announcements at Preston station (I think she might have been a southern lady) could not pronounce Euxton correctly*. It grated on the ear, repeatedly hearing Yookston.

* Pr. Ekston
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 12:00
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Whitworth = Wituth
Altrincham = Altringham

No one has mentioned Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
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Leominster.........
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Belvoir

Loughborough

Grosvenor House
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Glasgow's favourite - Milngavie , spoken as 'Mulguy'
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Herstmonceux pronounced Hurstmonzoo
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Happisburgh got a mention above. Faccombe and Towcester leap to mind... and Alresford.

Oh, while we're at it:

There was a young man from Kirkoobree,
Who never could place his toobree,
He'd lay his deposit
On the side of the closet,
Like a cat or a dog or a boobree.
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And Groby, Leics, universally pronounced by newsreaders as a long "O" (as in stone, rather than the "oo" sound it should be.

And Masham (as in where Theakston's beer comes from) (Should be Mass-ham, not Mash-ham)
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Southwell apparently, often pronounced Suddell.

I saw a meme, I think it's called a meme.

Difficult things to say:

I love you
I need help
I'm in trouble
Worcestershire sauce
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Well there's Berwick, or Bueick or Burrwick....

Then there's this one......
Cholmondeley......Chumley ( preceded by Mr and hyphenate Warner c/o Harry Enfield )

Macclesfield.....pronounced by some visiting cousins, bless them, and they were a great bunch to work with, as "Maysellfield "

Any County ending in "ire "....at least for Southern Beeb announcers and reporters who invariably say "ear "
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I heard it was Stalbans, and the asked to route back via St Rumble...
Not forgetting St. Evenage under the approach to LTN.
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