Whodunnit? (oh_meow) wrote in linguaphiles,
Whodunnit?
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Lie-sester

There are quite a lot of places here in England which have spellings that bear little to no relation to the pronunciation, like Bicester (bister), Worcester (wooster), Leicester (lester), Loughborough (lof-bruh) ,Greenwich (grenidge), Salisbury (sauls-brie) etc etc.

(Oddly enough Cirencester IS pronounced Siren-sester though)

There must be plenty of places sharing these names in countries like the US, Australia etc, that were colonised by the UK.The other day I was wondering whether the places with the same names in those countries keep the original idiosyncratic pronunciations, or if they go their own way.
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