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25 January, 2007

Note to southerners and other foreigners

I'm not saying the following pronunciation errors actually bother me, but I do notice them:

Carnforth, like similar northern Lancashire placenames, is 'Carnf'th', not 'Carn-forth', as the spelling might imply.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is 'new-CASTLE', not 'NEW-castle'. I sometimes catch myself making that mistake, but I'm improving.

The Forest of Bowland is 'BOH-l'nd', not 'boh LAND', separated into two words. Admittedly, I've only heard one person say that: Princess Alexandra, the University's ex-Chancellor, who annoyed Bowland College officers and graduates at graduation ceremonies for forty years.

One more I'm less sure about: at least the way I was brought up, the 'ver' in 'Liverpool' is silent: 'Li'pool'.

Comments

The Welsh spelling of Liverpool is "Lerpwl", which seems to bear out your last one.

Posted by Tim Hall at January 25, 2007 06:58 PM

It was Quernmore that tripped me up.

Posted by Jan B at January 25, 2007 07:11 PM
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