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Started by TommyDGNR8 on Apr 23, 2021 9:41:43 AM
Places that aren't where you think they should be

This is probably another "just me" thing, but does anyone else associate place names with entirely different locations?

A few examples:

Durham - Down Cornwall way somewhere (this possibly stems from childhood confusion with durum wheat and the notion that arable farming was common in the deep south.

Pontefract - between Pontypridd and Pontypool, obvs.

Ramsbottom - faded south coast holiday resort

Garstang - a dodgy Glasgow housing scheme

TommyDGNR8 - 25 Apr 2021 13:19:57 (#261 of 463)

Nobody in Bradford ever actually has to say Hammstrasse.

See also: Halifax's Aachen Way (the A58 to anyone I've ever met).

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:33:10 (#262 of 463)

I wonder how English speakers pronounce Aachen. The Scots will get the -ch sound right though.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 13:34:13 (#263 of 463)

I always find American pronunciation of British place names quite amusing.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:37:32 (#264 of 463)

Pronunciation of British place names seems often very illogical to foreigners.

RosyLovelady - 25 Apr 2021 13:45:16 (#265 of 463)

It is very illogical.

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 13:48:32 (#266 of 463)

I wonder how English speakers pronounce Aachen

Aix-La-Chapelle

Unless they've learned German.

Heathrow airport is there as a welcoming gift to German speakers.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:51:38 (#267 of 463)

Aix-La-Chapelle

The French pronunciation might also be a bit of problem.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 13:55:36 (#268 of 463)

Btw, why mention Heathrow? Do you think the -th is a big problem?

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 13:59:22 (#269 of 463)

I've heard it happily mangled in several ways.

Hay-AT-Rov Airport please.

Taxi: Wot Gatwick?

I'm sure your pronounciation is excellent, wickel

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 14:02:37 (#270 of 463)

The best thing about London is watching Americans take the tube from Leicester Square to Covent garden.

The second best thing is watching Americans arriving at Stratford and going through a process of realisation.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 14:03:38 (#271 of 463)

“Ly-sess-ter Square”?

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 14:04:27 (#272 of 463)

Marylebone is the hardest I think.

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 14:05:05 (#273 of 463)

"Worcester" causes some problems.

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 14:05:59 (#274 of 463)

And no circuses anywhere.

Macpaddy - 25 Apr 2021 14:06:11 (#275 of 463)

"Bwlch" in Wales is a favourite.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 14:12:52 (#276 of 463)

I've heard it happily mangled in several ways

The most common mistake Germans make is pronouncing -th like -s.

Worcester is tricky, I've heard people talk about Wor-kester sauce.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 14:14:33 (#277 of 463)

re Stratford: it took me some time to realise there's a Stratford in London. The one on the Avon is better known abroad.

GrrrIbdis - 25 Apr 2021 14:40:01 (#278 of 463)

It's the American-English-using Japanese that I feel for, getting in a London taxi to go shopping and being driven to Oxford.

OldLefty - 25 Apr 2021 15:01:45 (#279 of 463)

"Bwlch" in Wales is a favourite.

W and Y are both vowels in Welsh.

bossab2 - 25 Apr 2021 15:07:12 (#280 of 463)

My son went on a school trip to Stratford.

I thought 'thats nice'

Turned out it was the inner city one.

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