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35 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Went to Yell. Even had lunch at the - my memory says Wind Dog Cafe - in Gutcher(?). Didn’t go to Fetlar but did make it to Skaw at the top of Unst.

Yes, I think that was its name, though it was yet to be created when I was last there, I think.  There was also a post office and general store at Gutcher pier head, at the time of my visits run by my third cousin.

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To be honest anyone in this country ordering a Panino would be deserving of a slap

Neither Ackroyd nor Landis are scientists, if Bob8 had written it, then it would have been correct "I have seen the absorption of light"

Not sure it fits your remit, but I know that Blackpool and Dublin basically means the same thing. 

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On pronunciations , our local former member of the NU traps plenty of visitors or TV commentators 

Tyldesley 

" Excuse me , how do I get to Tyl Des Ley ? " 

Pronounced " tilsley " , or the alternative name " bongs " especially used in conjunction with " bent " the alternative for Atherton 

So locally " Leyth , Bent and Bongs " 

 

 

 

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Always found it quite funny that but for accidents of dialect and spelling that there aren't officially more Tw@tts in Yorkshire, despite what everyone else in the country might think.

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7 hours ago, CanaBull said:

Always found it quite funny that but for accidents of dialect and spelling that there aren't officially more Tw@tts in Yorkshire, despite what everyone else in the country might think.

The placenames you get used to that you that you then have to remind yourself are funny to everyone else.

As I discovered when explaining to some people who had never been to Lancashire that I'd been to a nice pub with my family. Oh, the name of the place? That would be Ramsbottom.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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2 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

The placenames you get used to that you that you then have to remind yourself are funny to everyone else.

As I discovered when explaining to some people who had never been to Lancashire that I'd been to a nice pub with my family. Oh, the name of the place? That would be Ramsbottom.

Next village to where I was born is called jump....

The fun we had as teenagers. "Is this bus going to jump"?

"Yes lad".

"Do you mind holding it while I get on"......  etc etc ad nauseum.

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1 minute ago, Robin Evans said:

Next village to where I was born is called jump....

The fun we had as teenagers. "Is this bus going to jump"?

"Yes lad".

"Do you mind holding it while I get on"......  etc etc ad nauseum.

Was a running event a few years ago and a couple of blokes were in Idle AC vests.

They had to patiently explain to a couple of over-eager southerners that they were not part of some ironic hipster running club but there really is a place called Idle.

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Just now, gingerjon said:

Was a running event a few years ago and a couple of blokes were in Idle AC vests.

They had to patiently explain to a couple of over-eager southerners that they were not part of some ironic hipster running club but there really is a place called Idle.

It's bad enough me coming from Wombwell.......

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25 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

The placenames you get used to that you that you then have to remind yourself are funny to everyone else.

As I discovered when explaining to some people who had never been to Lancashire that I'd been to a nice pub with my family. Oh, the name of the place? That would be Ramsbottom.

 

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8 hours ago, CanaBull said:

Always found it quite funny that but for accidents of dialect and spelling that there aren't officially more Tw@tts in Yorkshire, despite what everyone else in the country might think.

Place name in Shetland - Norse for small parcel of land. There's also a Tw@tt on Orkney

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17 hours ago, gingerjon said:

But you can still spell it "ghoti".

I dismissed this like it was some kind of "Hitchhiker's..." inside joke. But then I just looked it up and it's quite clever.

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Slaithwaite, Cholmondeley, Seven-O-Acks....

 

Also, did you know there is no "f" in toilet paper?

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17 minutes ago, hindle xiii said:

Towcester and Bicester were 2 place names it took me a long time to get right.

A fun little link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-49813249

With the 'top ten' most mispronounced places in the country:

  1. Frome - "Froom"
  2. Ballachulish - "Ball - a - hoolish"
  3. Godmanchester - 'Godmunchester' (Gumster has also been offered as an alternative, but now little-used, pronunciation)
  4. Omagh - "Oh-ma"
  5. Woolfardisworthy - "Woolzery"
  6. Beaulieu - "Bew-lee"
  7. Bicester - "Bister"
  8. Ynysybwl - "An-is-abull"
  9. Rampisham - "Ran-som"
  10. Quernmore - "Kwor-mer"

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9 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

A fun little link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-49813249

With the 'top ten' most mispronounced places in the country:

  1. Frome - "Froom"
  2. Ballachulish - "Ball - a - hoolish"
  3. Godmanchester - 'Godmunchester' (Gumster has also been offered as an alternative, but now little-used, pronunciation)
  4. Omagh - "Oh-ma"
  5. Woolfardisworthy - "Woolzery"
  6. Beaulieu - "Bew-lee"
  7. Bicester - "Bister"
  8. Ynysybwl - "An-is-abull"
  9. Rampisham - "Ran-som"
  10. Quernmore - "Kwor-mer"

Ynysybwl and we're alright.

One for the 90's Bradford fans there.

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It should be Fuji not Mount Fuji as Fuji means mountain in Japanese.

Also, it's not "The Ukraine", it's Ukraine. Odd how these things happen.

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34 minutes ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

Loughborough has always been a good one for pronunciation mainly because it's got two of 'ough' in it but they are pronounced differently. 

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I live in the New Forest village of Nomansland, there is apparently another Nomansland in Hertfordshire but it is pronounced Nomansland, not Nomansland.

Can you imagine the confusion?

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20 hours ago, gingerjon said:

 how the River Avon really just means "River River"

Similarly, the Mekong River translates as "River River River".

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1 hour ago, tim2 said:

It should be Fuji not Mount Fuji as Fuji means mountain in Japanese.

Also, it's not "The Ukraine", it's Ukraine. Odd how these things happen.

They get very touchy about that in Ukraine now because the name Ukraine comes from the Russian word for border.

So "The Ukraine" means "the Border", which some Ukrainians think not only denies them national agency but also still defines them by their relationship to Russia and "its borders"- a position that since 1990 (and arguably before) they have been trying to distance themselves from. Its a rivalry that goes back over 1000 years and includes Russians referring to Ukrainians as "Little Russians". 

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4 hours ago, gingerjon said:

Was a running event a few years ago and a couple of blokes were in Idle AC vests.

They had to patiently explain to a couple of over-eager southerners that they were not part of some ironic hipster running club but there really is a place called Idle.

Indeed. And some of us live there, it's great. 

Home of the world famous Idle Working Men's club too. 

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2 hours ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

Loughborough has always been a good one for pronunciation mainly because it's got two of 'ough' in it but they are pronounced differently. 

Many decades ago, Loughborough used to be an important town in the bus industry, with three body builders - Brush, Willowbrook and Yeates - one of whom - Yeates - was also a major second-hand bus and coach dealer.

On a family holiday in Ireland, and indulging in my interest in buses, I fell into conversation with a small bus company proprietor in the republic - probably Tipperary, possibly Kilkenny; I forget for sure.

He told me that one of his coaches was just about at the end of its life, so he would be off to 'Lochborough' to get a replacement.  I realised where he meant, as in Ulster 'English', the Gaelic word 'Loch' tends to be written as 'Lough'.  Indeed, the coach proprietor I was speaking to was very probably aware of an Ulster bus company called 'Londonderry & Lough Swilly'.

So, yet another way to pronounce 'Loughborough'!

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