Hearing Americans attempt to pronounce “Worcestershire” although admittedly it is also quite funny
By - Untitled_Redditor12
The way they pronounce 'shire' is funny enough.
It’s surprising they pronounce it that way because they say “New Hampshire” normally
Thing about this that gets me is they have an entire state called New Hampshire that they pronounce correctly. As soon as it comes to British counties they suddenly struggle.
Shy-urr? How’s it supposed to be said?
For instance, if you were to pronounce Cheshire as che (as in cheese) shire (as in shire horse), your Cheshire cheese privileges would be revoked, and the cheshire cat would frown at you.. Che-sheer is also incorrect. The correct pronunciation is more like "chesher".
That’s why I live in Dorset.
Don't you mean Dorsetshire?
Saying it like "shear" is also permitted.
Ahhh thanks! Now I’ll sound slightly less stupid.
But where hobbits do live is pronounced the Sh-hire
So in that context it's right. Otherwise sheer.
It's only "shy-er" when it's a word, like shire horse—it's "sheer" when it's at the end of a county
^ that's what I tried to say but salad came out
No it’s not. It’s shurr
Both are acceptable, according to dictionaries.
Try asking a local. In fact the working classes of those shires roll their r’s more than usual
OK, time to break out the IPA (the pronunciation scheme, not the beer) for complete clarity, as I think we're talking a little at cross purposes.
The standard pronunciations given in dictionaries for -shire in county names are /ʃə/ and /ʃɪə/ (explanation in the next paragraph). Both of those are followed by a /r/ sound in rhotic accents (accents that pronounce "r" wherever it appears in a word instead of only before a vowel).
So there are four standard pronunciations: like the second syllable of "pressure" with or without the final r, and like the word "shear" with or without the final r.
That makes sense, thanks for clarifying.
Unless you're in Scotland, where it is shy-er (Lanarkshire!)
Or, if you are from Gloucestershire.
I've lived there and people say sheer too. Maybe if you're a bit posh it is shur?
Its actually glawwstirshur.
Loughborough is another good one.
As is Macclesfield. I've heard it pronounced McClassified.
sounds like some cold war government funded mass experiment
Cold war burger experiment.
I'm lovin it
When McDonalds don't want you to know their recipes
Never correct them!
Damn it, I should really scroll before commenting 😅
You forgot the Chester-shire-upon-Thames, which implicitly follows all words containing vowels and consonants, pronounced “beluga” on Tuesday and “xylophone” on days having odd letters, and sounding like a sneeze-cough-with-phlegm when spoken by poor people.
As is dun laoghaire.
I've always been a fan of [PenisWeek](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_yDKy_EQAA).
Hahaha that’s amazing!
Is it loff-bruh?
Edit-It is. Just saw below.
Ah, a man of culture. I love a bit of Dave Gorman.
Lowg burr oh ?
Wow I really got that wrong. Good to know, thanks!
Yeah it's ough that catches people out. It's luffbruh
Okay now explain Slough
I don't think it's possible.
But if we're talking pronunciations, it's sl - ow, as in "ow you stabbed me"
Article rates Slough #1 of the top ten gloomiest places in the UK, surpassing places actually named “Grimsby” and “Blackpool” 🤣
IRL Achievement Unlocked: 'Grimmer Than Grimsby'
[So there’s this](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=weird+welsh.town.names&t=iphone&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.independent.co.uk%2Fs3fs-public%2Fthumbnails%2Fimage%2F2017%2F07%2F10%2F15%2Fweirdmap2.jpg)
Okay, now let’s move on to [Wales](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=weird+welsh.town.names&t=iphone&iax=images&ia=images).
I asked my Canadian friend to pronounce this. She came up with low-burrow
Hearing Americans say "Space ghettos" sounds like a Scottish person saying "Spice Girls"...
Tried it in both accents.
I wonder how many people have sat there saying both of these out loud 😂
Can confirm 😃
Not as funny as German folks trying to say Squirrel.
Or our Scottish brothers saying Burglar Alarm.
Isn't that where Jesus was born?
With practice I have mastered purple burglar alarm. If you are English try and say "Irish wrist watch" quickly.
"Irish witch watch" well that escalated quickly.
edit: for clarity's sake I'm not English, though, so maybe that's just my inability to deal with too many "sh" sounds in a sentence.
Say Space Ghetto and it sounds like you are saying Spice Girl in Scottish
Many Americans can't say squirrel either, sounds like squrl
Nah they’re not too bad at saying that.
Ask them to say mirror though, properly *fucked*.
Aye, I think it varies on region. Certainly the southern states can't say it well.
I whistled for a cab and when it came near,
The license plate said "fresh" and it had dice in the meer
Also: my favourite fruit, ornge
Purple burglar alarm
I had a mate from daaan saaaaf asking me if my house was near some place called Kay-lee. I had no idea what he was on about.
Ok, I’m British and even I don’t know how that’s supposed to be pronounced if not ‘Kay-lee’. How do you pronounce it?
Most people I know pronounce it Kieth-ley
Or an alternative local pronunciation: _Keef-luh_
You're right but ugh!. TH fronting. Makes me shudder in any part of the UK.
When I was a kid if I said 'baff', 'fink,' or 'mam I'm 'firsty'
I was corrected! My mum wasn't having me speaking like I was dragged up by Simon Cowell. Lol
I used to work with a woman called Keighley, who pronounced it Keelee, but I had a really hard time not "correcting" it.
You should have just called her Keighley, and every time she corrected you, just tell her to take it up with her parents. Lol
There was that story years ago about two American tourists getting in a cab for Loughborough and asking for looey baroooey, lol
My sister's friend who lived near Leicester was asked by American tourists the way to Loo-ger Bo-roo-ger.
Was watching a youtube video last night and it was lychester
I believe you, lester facts were wrong?
On Diners, Drive-ins and Dives one of the restaurant owners slips it into the recipe as wash your sister sauce, just to see Guy react to it when he realises what he's said.
Nearly as funny as English tourists in Wales.
As an Englishman who loves visiting Wales, this is too relatable. I should do better, Welsh is such an interesting language.
We're also pretty bad with Irish.
The arrogant part of me (I'm English so that's like 99% and the other 1% is pure piss), still thinks that's all some kind of trick and it isn't really real, like all the signs have little buttons and a little old Welsh lady sits and watches like a Welsh Hawk and presses a button to flip the sign from Welsh (real Welsh, which is presumably kept a secret) to that other kind of Welsh that surely is designed purely to confuse us? I mean. It can't be real...can it?
Or maybe you all hit us with some kind of focused puff of hallucinogenic gas as we cross the border...
It’s an absolute nightmare at work when Welsh customers call up and give their addresses
Just to reverse this, I was about 60 when I discovered that the American place I’d heard of as ‘Arkensaw’ was in fact the same as the place I’d read about called Arkansas. And I read Dune for years before realising that the character Duncan probably pronounced his surname ‘EYE-da-ho’ not ‘Id-AH-o.
Does any one in the uk call it worcestershire sauce or do you just call it worcester sauce
It's pronounced 'Lea & Perrins'.
Funny way to spell Henderson’s Relish.
You can still smell the factory down on shrub hill from the hospital 👌
Pronounced "wuster" here.
Wooster sauce. The Shermans are just causing themselves unnecessary grief.
If people called it Wooster to me I’d shout WOOster
Yep same, but I spell it Wooster, loved the Fry and Laurie TV show.
I normally just say it however the person I'm talking to says it, same with "paracetamol"
Edit: by which I mean either Worcester or Worcestershire. I pronounce both properly though.
The only reason I can say it is because a lady made a joke about it in the aisle at the market, why don’t they have it in the jungle? Because parrots eat them all…
I call it Worcestershire Sauce...because that's what's written on the label
Yup wooster sauce
Though that's just my mouth moving faster than my brain
Leicestershire is also good.
Hearing someone trying to pronounce my home town of Ynysybwl is also hysterical.
Up there with Mynyddislwyn, which my grandma used to try catch me out with growing up.
Unnus-sibble? Or Unnus-subble?
Ah... the second y is an English i(n), rather than another u(p).
Dw i'n dysgu siarad Cymraeg!
That looks Welsh, which is cheating
Welsh is British so it still counts!
Nobody can pronounce the name of the village where we live in Suffolk, unless they’ve been taught by a local. My solicitor tried to talk me out of moving here, and I think one of her reasons was the odd place name. 😅 Love living here. A lot of place names in the UK have names where the pronunciation has moved on radically from their orthographic representation.
Frome has entered the chat.
Bicester and Towcester are also interesting to hear mispronounced (Bister and Toaster)
I would like to submit for consideration:
Which is a place in Devon, and apparently pronounced more like "Woolzery"!
Cholmondely and Cholmondeston are two villages quite near each other in Cheshire. They are both pronounced with just two syllables. I'll let you have fun with those. Hint: every attempt you make will be wrong.
Mr Cholmondley-Warner was a character from comedian Harry Enfield back in the 1980s. Pronounced "Chumley".
My guess: Chomley and Chomston
Close! Chumlee and Chermston.
I could say it the right way if I wanted but it's more fun to clown with it. We ran the names through a sieve when they came over here. That's why there's Worcester, Massachusetts but Wooster Street in the town I was born in.
Didn’t realise how many yanks sub to /Britishproblems
*war - sester- shire* Argh I am imagining it in the whiniest American accent too
This is torture - thanks a bunch OP
Can't find the video but the worst I ever heard was 'Wer - kester - shi - ree' sauce.
To be fair, the only reason their pronunciation sounds funny is because ours is the product of dozens of generations of lazy pronunciation and abbreviation to the point it sounds like someone trying to pronounce the name whilst having a stroke
Tayto crisps in Northern Ireland literally call the flavour Wuster Sauce
High Wycombe always amuses.
Who the hell says “Chiya” why’s there a ch in it
Yup, that's it.
Imagine my shock when my tiny city of worcester is on a reddit post, didnt think anyone outside the midlands had even heard of us lol.
Worcestershire Sauce is the most popular unpronounceable sauce back in Canada, and I assume the US as well
Mate, knowledge of us is widespread around the world thanks to Lea and Perrins!
Also a fairly big city in Massachusetts.
To be fair, they pronounce it how they spell it, and their spelling came first.
a-LUM-nium is a hybrid I often use
Ha! I’m an American nanny and the 6 year old I take care of asks me to say this word constantly because I can’t say it. I’ve said it correctly maybe once. worshusheshear wurstashursh wearshushtear is pretty much how I stumble about when asked.
"Wooster sauce". Don't worry about the shire.
And someone should make a version of the wonderful condiment spelt exactly like that.
Leicestershire and Loughborough are also funny
You'll enjoy this:
Can you show me the way to Lie-sester square?
Ascan aside - the government intend to merge Northampton, Southampton and Littlehampton to make one BIG hampton
I think the American way of saying it is actually correct but we've shortened it over the centuries...
Loughborough will for ever confuse our American friends, they soundike scooby doo
You mean it’s not actually “ork-esther-shy-ree” with a silent ‘W’???
I do feel sorry for them as there is no rhyme or reason to how we pronounce some place names.
My mates dad had an American ask him for directions to 'Hart-uhl-pool. He didn't correct him as he figured going to Hatlepool was punishment enough.
wurst-shur > wur-chester-shire
What's funny is Japanese people pronounce it pretty well. Worcestershire sauce is pretty much a staple in Japanese homes.
Reminds me of Jackass doing their stupidity in Shropshire 20 years ago and Johnny Knoxville had trouble pronouncing it as anything other than "Sharp Shyer".
Whas dis here sauce?
Funny, I'm originally from Pennsylvania where we'd laugh at how British people visit and try to pronounce Susquehanna, Conshohocken, Monongahela, or Philadelphia. You even get entire states wrong, like Maryland. And don't get me started on how you butcher the way you say, "The Amish."
And I lived in Australia for a while. Constant taking the piss on how you Poms would butcher anything aboriginal.
Hang on, the first three I've no idea how to say, but what's hard about Philadelphia and Amish?
Silly Brits will say Amish with a hard A, like the name Hamish. It's more like the A in Aviva.
Philadelphia is not Phil-a-del-phia pronouncing every syllable. It's more like Philadelfya with the first A barely noticeable, but there.
Same with Maryland, which you all pronounce MerryLand. It's more like Meralin, again with the faint A.
I went to school in war-sester and used to live in eedin-burg. The best time however was spent at 'keely' university.
i'm American, it's Woostah sauce. (Live in the UK).
Me too, and that’s cheating. My parents called it “wistersher” sauce, and given what’s written on the bottle I feel they were fully entitled to do just that.
Pretty sure they do that joke in one of the shrek films. Woor... Sester.... Shyer.
Worcestershire is funny, but when they try Leicestershire it is just irritating. But absolutely no attempta are as irritating as when they put a shire on the end of Devon.
Cleobury Mortimer is a tongue twister for most Americans.
Clee-bree - another Shropshirian here!
Clib-ree, not Clee-bree. I live there