List of places in the United Kingdom and Ireland with counterintuitive pronunciations

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



Oxford and Cambridge Colleges[edit]


The island of Ireland[edit]

The rules of Irish Gaelic spelling are different from those of English. Most Irish places have English names originating as anglicised spellings of Irish names. Placenames with gaelicised or unanglicised spellings (such as Cóbh, County Cork/ˈkv/ Cóbh[1]) are omitted.

Ending -ane is regularly pronounced /ɑːn/, with PALM vowel rather than FACE vowel, as in Ferbane, Portrane, Strabane, Teebane. -agh is pronounced /ɑː/, with a silent 'g'. Innis- is generally pronounced /ˈɪnɪʃ/.


Similarly, the Welsh language has its own rules, which a large proportion of Welsh settlements follow. Commonly mispronounced names, due to exceptions from either set of rules are:

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Murray is also a common surname generally pronounced in this orthodox way.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Wells, John C. (2000). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. 2nd ed. Longman. ISBN 0-582-36468-X. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pronouncing British Placenames at BBC's Edited Guide Entry h2g2 site
  3. ^ Cape Wrath locals accuse MoD of land grab, BBC news website, 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  4. ^ a b c d "Moray - Pronunciation". Rootsweb at Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Kenny, Colum (1998). Molaise: Abbot of Leighlin and hermit of Holy Island : the life and legacy of Saint Laisren in Ireland and Scotland. Morrigan. p. 50. ISBN 0-907677-67-3. 
  6. ^ Burnand, Sir Francis Cowley, ed. (1940). "Kildare and Leighlin". The Catholic Who's Who and Yearbook (33rd ed.). Burns & Oates. p. 268. Leighlin is pronounced Lochlin, with loch sounded as in Scotland (ie with guttural aspirate). 
  7. ^ Campbell, Georgina (2006). "County Carlow". Georgina Campbell's Ireland 2007-The Guide: The Best Places to Eat, Drink And Stay. Georgina Campbell Guides. p. 146. ISBN 1-903164-23-0. 
  8. ^ Hutton, Eric (2007). "20th Century – 1999: Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland (provisional name)". UK and Ireland Meteorite page. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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