Talk:Romney, West Virginia

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The pictures uploaded for this article are scanned postcards from the early 20th century, that as far as I'm concerned were sold into the public domain and mine to scan, upload, and share :) Jhohenzollern 07:04, 28 August 2005 (UTC)

Pronunciation[edit]

According to John C. Wells’s Longman pronunciation dictionary (and other authorities), the name Romney has two different pronunciations:

1) ['rʌmni], i. e. as if it were written "Rumney" –with the vowel sound of cup; and

2) ['rɔmni], "rOmnee" (British English –with the vowel sound of dog), or ['ra:mni], "rAAmni" (American English –with the vowel sound of start).

It seems (but I’m not quite sure) that both pronunciations are used in Britain, but only the second (['ra:mni], "rAAmni") in American English.

Does anybody know how the name of Romney (West Virginia) is pronounced (locally)?

I think this would be an interesting piece of information.

Many thanks. Thomas


The local residents of Romney pronounce the name with the British English pronunciation (with the vowel sound of "dog.") 67.163.162.48 03:28, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Just as a matter of interest the current pronunciation for the UK town(s) (New Romney & Old Romney) is also "rOmnee" and has been so for about half a century or so, but the original pronunciation was "Rumney", and I have seen the 'Romney' name itself spelled in old maps as Rumenea. Ian Dunster (talk) 22:02, 13 May 2008 (UTC)