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

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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 England[edit]













Map of counterintuitive places within London[edit]

London places as though Cony Hatch, De Beaver Town, Marlybən, Grenidge, Plahstow, Aye-zəlworth
Colney COney Hatch
Colney COney Hatch
De Beauvoir BEAver Town (usu.)
De Beauvoir BEAver Town (usu.)
Marylebone MARlyb'n (alt.)
Marylebone MARlyb'n (alt.)
Plaistow PLAHsto
Plaistow PLAHsto
Ruislip RYslip
Ruislip RYslip
Greenwich GRENidge
Greenwich GRENidge
Southwark SU-ðərK
Southwark SU-ðərK
Vauxhall VOK-sawl
Vauxhall VOK-sawl
Dulwich DULLidge
Dulwich DULLidge
Chiswick CHIZick
Chiswick CHIZick
Isleworth Ayezəlworth
Isleworth Ayezəlworth
Counterintuitive pronunciations

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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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