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Isn't "Fetherstonhaugh" pronounced "fan-shaw"?

--Ph. D.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Thomas Thurman"
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 8:44 PM
Subject: Re: YAEPT: Gloucester and Worcester


> On Thu, Sep 02, 2010 at 08:34:11PM -0400, Daniel Bowman wrote:
>> Also, are there any other words or place names in the English language 
>> that
>> follow a similar pattern?
>
> A few.
>
> Loughborough is "luffborough"
> Leicester is "lester"
> Bicester is "bister"
> Towcester is "toaster" (this is not a joke)
> Southwark is "suthak"
> Wymondham is "windum"
>
> I don't know why this happens.  It reminds me of how Magdalen College in 
> Oxford
> and Magdalene College in Cambridge are both pronounced "maudlin"; I wonder
> whether the reasons are related.
>
> Beaulieu is pronounced "Beauly", but that's easier to explain.
>
> And almost anywhere ending in -ham is -um.  You don't pronounce the H in
> Nottingham, for instance.
>
> Brighton, pronounced as spelt, used to be spelt "Brighthelmstone" but no 
> longer.
>
> Thomas
>