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List of places in England with counterintuitive pronunciations: A–L

This is a sublist of List of names in English with counterintuitive pronunciations.

Pronunciations for the following common suffixes are regular pronunciations, despite being counterintuitive at first glance:

Pronunciation of the following common prefix is variable depending on dialect:

Place names in EnglandEdit













Map of counterintuitive places within LondonEdit

Colney COney Hatch
De Beauvoir BEAver Town (usu.)
Marylebone MARlyb'n (alt.)
Plaistow PLAHsto
Ruislip RYslip
Greenwich GRENidge
Southwark SU-ðərK
Vauxhall VOK-sawl
Dulwich DULLidge
Chiswick CHIZick
Isleworth Ayezəlworth
Counterintuitive pronunciations

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Accordingly: Southwick, Hampshire - /ˈsʌðɪk/
    Anomalies: Southwick, West Sussex is pronounced /ˈsθwɪk/, like Painswick, Gloucestershire, Prestwick and Hardwick as well as Pickwick a former village in Wiltshire through which the novel The Pickwick Papers got its title, but these by population represent a very small minority.
  2. ^ This is doubly counter-intuitive not adopting the hard G that features in Gifford (the forename, surname and part of a more populous place name).
  3. ^ Also a surname.
  4. ^ cf. Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A., which is intuitive (/ˈbɛlɪŋhæm/
  5. ^ Also an area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and see Belvoir Park Golf Club[5]
  6. ^ Mirrors British "clerk", which is also irregular.
  7. ^ The River Cam and sometimes Cambridge, Gloucestershire are pronounced with /kæm/; however, locals now pronounce the latter like the city.
  8. ^ cf. nearby intuitive Uckfield
  9. ^ Intuitive also heard, like Holborn, especially in relatively new residents.
  10. ^ The adjacent village, Harewood, is pronounced intuitively. The other main stately home of broad architectural and historical note with an unusual pronunciation is: Cliveden
  11. ^ cf. Islip, Oxfordshire identical but for the r with: Ruislip
  12. ^ cf. Launceston, Tasmania, pronounced /ˈlɒnsəstən/)
  13. ^ cf. Leominster, Massachusetts
  1. ^ e.g. City of Leicester which follows e.g. Towcester, Rocester and Alcester/ˈɒlstər/ or /ˈɔːlstər/
  2. ^ Well-known, large examples are Woolwich and West Bromwich cf. Nantwich and Droitwich Spa
  3. ^ e.g. Smethwick, Chiswick and Flitwick
  4. ^ a b c P. H. Reaney (1969). The Origin of English Place Names. Routledge and Kegan Paul. pp. 44–5. ISBN 0-7100-2010-4.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au Wells, John C. (2000). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. 2nd ed. Longman. ISBN 0-582-36468-X.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Reflecting original "Beldesert" "Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Website | Warwickshire | Our Town|History|". Henley-in-Arden. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  8. ^ Bill Bryson (1991-09-01). The Mother Tongue. HarperCollins. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-380-71543-5.
  9. ^ In south Oxfordshire; pronunciation varies in north Oxfordshire, see BBC Oxford How do you pronounce Cherwell?
  10. ^ Wells, John (6 May 2010). "Chideock". John Wells's phoetic blog. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  11. ^ "How Do You Pronounce Theydon Bois?". Londonist. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Chop Gate". Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  13. ^ "History of Cowbit - Cowbit Village". 2 April 2014. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d e Pronouncing British Placenames at BBC's Edited Guide Entry h2g2 site
  15. ^ Lycett Green, Candida. Unwrecked England. Oldie. p. 30.
  16. ^ Pointon, G.E. (1983). BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-212976-7.
  17. ^ "Oliver Cromwell's home; fields amid which his boyhood was passed. Villages in the neighborhood- where other great men were born-the boy Oliver saved". nY Times. 1888-12-30. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  18. ^ (as in Greenwich Mean Time and as in the US namesakes) or the more old-fashioned /ɡrɪnɪ/
  19. ^ Roach & Hartman, eds (1997) English Pronouncing Dictionary, 15th edition. (Cambridge University Press). p. 234

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