24 Place Names You’ve Probably Been Mispronouncing Your Whole Life


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There’s nothing more irritating to a pedant’s ear and nothing more flabbergasting than realizing you’ve been pronouncing the name of so many places wrong, your entire life! Despite the judgment we exhibit toward people who err in enunciating, we all mispronounce a word from time to time, despite our best efforts. Likewise, almost all of us would have pronounced Bangkok as it is but in real it is “Bahng-Gawk”.

How many of these did YOU get wrong?!

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  1. You’ve got it arse about tit in regard to English names. The spelling reflects the way they used to be pronounced, later generations corrupted them. The -cester- in Worcestershire is derived from the Latin castrum (encampment) and later meant city. There are variations of this in other town names – Chester, Lancaster, Leicester etc. Old English C was pronounced either as ch or k depending on the region. Hence you have the words kirk and church. I think we should revolt against slovenly speech and pronounce them how they’re spelt i.e put the k back in knife and know (related to the words cunning, cognisance etc.) By the way, Brisbane means break bone.

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