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Bizarre and Unpronounceable Names

By which twisted law of phonetics does Cholmondeley become "Chumley" or St. John get turned into something you do to yourself when you sit too close to your three-bar fire - "Sinjun". Place names don't escape either; would you believe that Wymondham, Happisburgh and Towcester become "Windham", "Haysbrough," and "Toaster"? No-one loves breaking the fundamental laws of English pronounciation than the people who live in its birthplace.

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Excellent. I live near a place called Puncknowle (Punnel), Cerne Abbas (Surn Abbas) and Beaminster (Beminster) - all in Dorset. Let's also not forget Gillingham(Dorset) and Gillingham(Kent) are also not said the same way! (Dorset is Gill as in 'Gilbert' - Kent is Gill as in 'Jill'!)
Dave White


In Milton Keynes there is Woughton, Broughton and Loughton alld none of them is pronounced with the same sound for the "ough" element: they sound like they ought to be written Woofton, Brawton and Lowton.
Neil Rees


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