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Yesterday, our ever-helpful sister blog Mind The Gap published a list of American place names that are not pronounced the way they are spelled, in an effort to increase international understanding of local quirks for visiting Brits.
Not to be outdone, we have created our own lexicon of the places with names that appear to be specifically designed to make any visitor from abroad—and in some places, ‘abroad’ just means ‘beyond that hill over there’—feel foolish.
There again, some places take the time to put the correct pronunciation on their civic signs, an innovation that is only to be applauded.
|Aveton Gifford||Either Averton Gifford or Awton Jifford (or just A.G.)|
|Barugh (Great and Little)||Barf|
As for Towcester, well it’s actually pronounced toaster. And yes, the town has a racecourse, and do you know what they race on the toaster racecourse?
Horses, of course. They’re not mad.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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