>> As we Dwellers west of the Great Wood have found. Mind you, many English
>> haven't grasped West Country names either: Frome, Woolfardisworthy,
>> Bideford and even Shepton Mallet ('Shepton Mawlay') I've heard
>> mangled on
>> TV. The last one had the drinkers in my local pub helpless with
Could someone please tell me (a colonial) how these ought to be
pronounced. I've ancestors from Bideford and I suspect that I pronounce
the name incorrectly (though silently, in my head).
Being a Canadian who has spent a lot of time in England, I do know some
of the (more peculiar) British pronunciations of some names and then
struggle with the pronunciation of the same name when it's used in
Canada. For example, I don't know how Brits pronounce Berwick, but I
suspect it isn't the way a local stop is called on my bus and I always
do mental correction.