Bear with me on this one. I live near a small town called HIGHWORTH (meaning
high farm) but the Romans called it VORDA. The key here is the "D" in the
name and the Angle Saxon thorn (þ).
Roman name = VORDA
Anglo Saxon name = WRþE þ = the A/S thorn pronounced as the
Name Pronounced = WORTH meaning farm
Modern misreading = WRDE as in WRDE HILL in Highworth
Modern mispronunciation = WORD (when it should be WORTH)
How did the grapheme and phoneme "D" in Roman get changed into the grapheme
þ and the phoneme th? In Anglo Saxon and completely change the pronunciation
of the town’s name?
This has bothered me for years - as how does a place's name change
phonetically if most of the communication was oral???
Wierd, or should that be WRDE!!
Many thanks, Chris.