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Hearing Americans attempt to pronounce “Worcestershire” although admittedly it is also quite funny

Hearing Americans attempt to pronounce “Worcestershire” although admittedly it is also quite funny

chrispy2985

The way they pronounce 'shire' is funny enough.


ImFamousYoghurt

It’s surprising they pronounce it that way because they say “New Hampshire” normally


Passey92

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.


losangelestolondon

Shy-urr? How’s it supposed to be said?


Debtcollector1408

Shuh. 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".


Meanwhile-in-Paris

That’s why I live in Dorset.


TomSurman

Don't you mean Dorsetshire?


Meanwhile-in-Paris

Dorcestershire


TomSurman

Dorcesterhamptonshire-upon-Avon


Meanwhile-in-Paris

Durdledoorcestershire-on-sea


paolog

Pronounced "Dampshuh-upon-Avon"


Usual-Breadfruit

Doostershire.


BIFABYX

Duhstuhshuh


Justinian_The_First

shuh


paolog

Saying it like "shear" is also permitted.


OrbitalChapel

shee-er


dedalus2105

Sheer


losangelestolondon

Ahhh thanks! Now I’ll sound slightly less stupid.


Cprich22

But where hobbits do live is pronounced the Sh-hire So in that context it's right. Otherwise sheer.


ZeusOfTheCrows

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


Cprich22

^ that's what I tried to say but salad came out


warnocker

No it’s not. It’s shurr


paolog

Both are acceptable, according to dictionaries.


warnocker

Try asking a local. In fact the working classes of those shires roll their r’s more than usual


paolog

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.


losangelestolondon

That makes sense, thanks for clarifying.


kink_arthur

Unless you're in Scotland, where it is shy-er (Lanarkshire!)


StylishNihilist

Or, if you are from Gloucestershire.


more_beans_mrtaggart

Glostersher


Ad3011

I've lived there and people say sheer too. Maybe if you're a bit posh it is shur?


Asshattery204029

Its actually glawwstirshur.


losangelestolondon

Oooooh ok


Miffly

Loughborough is another good one.


hsw77

As is Macclesfield. I've heard it pronounced McClassified.


chemicalmisery

sounds like some cold war government funded mass experiment


hsw77

Cold war burger experiment.


freddielizzard

I'm lovin it


ToffeeMunchAndCrunch

>McClassified When McDonalds don't want you to know their recipes


Jar0s

Looga-barooga


professor_buttstuff

Never correct them!


bakamalian

Damn it, I should really scroll before commenting 😅


MarkusBerkel

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.


bezelbum

And Wymondham Windam


more_beans_mrtaggart

As is dun laoghaire. (Dun-leery)


TomSurman

I've always been a fan of [PenisWeek](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_yDKy_EQAA).


more_beans_mrtaggart

Hahaha that’s amazing!


UncleGus75

Is it loff-bruh? Edit-It is. Just saw below.


ZeusOfTheCrows

[Low-brow](https://youtu.be/fRjlrv7lwAo)


Miffly

Ah, a man of culture. I love a bit of Dave Gorman.


losangelestolondon

Lowg burr oh ?


Justinian_The_First

luffbruh


losangelestolondon

Wow I really got that wrong. Good to know, thanks!


georgiomoorlord

Yeah it's ough that catches people out. It's luffbruh


catsasss

Okay now explain Slough


pepperarmy

I don't think it's possible. But if we're talking pronunciations, it's sl - ow, as in "ow you stabbed me"


catsasss

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/slough-gloomiest-part-uk-followed-17895072 Article rates Slough #1 of the top ten gloomiest places in the UK, surpassing places actually named “Grimsby” and “Blackpool” 🤣


pepperarmy

IRL Achievement Unlocked: 'Grimmer Than Grimsby'


more_beans_mrtaggart

[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).


Matts_-_Reddit

I asked my Canadian friend to pronounce this. She came up with low-burrow


DJ1066

Hearing Americans say "Space ghettos" sounds like a Scottish person saying "Spice Girls"...


Alvinmcnoodle1

Tried it in both accents. Laughed. Thanks :)


bumpkin_eater

I wonder how many people have sat there saying both of these out loud 😂


coocoorookoo121

Can confirm 😃


ollie87

Not as funny as German folks trying to say Squirrel. Or our Scottish brothers saying Burglar Alarm.


chemicalmisery

burg' leralam


pajamakitten

Isn't that where Jesus was born?


theManGodFears

With practice I have mastered purple burglar alarm. If you are English try and say "Irish wrist watch" quickly. Edit spelling


hyufss

"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.


Axe_Face

Say Space Ghetto and it sounds like you are saying Spice Girl in Scottish


Blekanly

Many Americans can't say squirrel either, sounds like squrl


ollie87

Nah they’re not too bad at saying that. Ask them to say mirror though, properly *fucked*. “Meerrr”


Blekanly

Aye, I think it varies on region. Certainly the southern states can't say it well.


USS_Barack_Obama

I whistled for a cab and when it came near, The license plate said "fresh" and it had dice in the meer


bakamalian

Also: my favourite fruit, ornge


OptimalPaddy

Purple burglar alarm


Alvinmcnoodle1

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. Keighley.


Hanif_Shakiba

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?


Carrie-Ann-

Most people I know pronounce it Kieth-ley


Lawbringer_UK

Or an alternative local pronunciation: _Keef-luh_


Alvinmcnoodle1

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


kevstershill

I used to work with a woman called Keighley, who pronounced it Keelee, but I had a really hard time not "correcting" it.


Alvinmcnoodle1

You should have just called her Keighley, and every time she corrected you, just tell her to take it up with her parents. Lol


superfluous_t

There was that story years ago about two American tourists getting in a cab for Loughborough and asking for looey baroooey, lol


Auntie_Cagul

My sister's friend who lived near Leicester was asked by American tourists the way to Loo-ger Bo-roo-ger.


cloche_du_fromage

And Leicester


Curgenven

Was watching a youtube video last night and it was lychester


idonthaveenoughchara

I believe you, lester facts were wrong?


Avenger1324

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.


blacky-o-hare

Nearly as funny as English tourists in Wales.


welshfach

Doll-ge-loo??


coocoorookoo121

Doll Jelly


bakamalian

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.


[deleted]

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...


danr2604

It’s an absolute nightmare at work when Welsh customers call up and give their addresses


Crashpowsmash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwTT8YQFJDQ


Spinningwoman

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.


lennski73

Does any one in the uk call it worcestershire sauce or do you just call it worcester sauce


Ignorhymus

It's pronounced 'Lea & Perrins'.


D0wnb0at

Funny way to spell Henderson’s Relish.


BIFABYX

You can still smell the factory down on shrub hill from the hospital 👌


DJThunderGod

Pronounced "wuster" here.


eastkent

Wooster sauce. The Shermans are just causing themselves unnecessary grief.


danr2604

If people called it Wooster to me I’d shout WOOster


rbsudden

Yep same, but I spell it Wooster, loved the Fry and Laurie TV show.


way2amayesing

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.


losangelestolondon

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…


greenwood90

I call it Worcestershire Sauce...because that's what's written on the label


coocoorookoo121

Yup wooster sauce


Natmas97

Neither, 'worshtesher-shaws' Though that's just my mouth moving faster than my brain


JadedBrit

Leicestershire is also good. Hearing someone trying to pronounce my home town of Ynysybwl is also hysterical.


iantothegreendragon

Up there with Mynyddislwyn, which my grandma used to try catch me out with growing up.


eastkent

Unnus-sibble? Or Unnus-subble?


JadedBrit

Close, unn-iss-ur-bull.


eastkent

Ah... the second y is an English i(n), rather than another u(p). Dw i'n dysgu siarad Cymraeg!


Hanif_Shakiba

That looks Welsh, which is cheating


JadedBrit

Welsh is British so it still counts!


silveryotter

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.


night5hade

Frome has entered the chat.


Hueleroo

Bicester and Towcester are also interesting to hear mispronounced (Bister and Toaster)


kyridwen

I would like to submit for consideration: # Woolfardisworthy Which is a place in Devon, and apparently pronounced more like "Woolzery"!


DjTotenkopf

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.


janesdaddy

Mr Cholmondley-Warner was a character from comedian Harry Enfield back in the 1980s. Pronounced "Chumley".


BassoProfondo

My guess: Chomley and Chomston


DjTotenkopf

Close! Chumlee and Chermston.


2ndOfficerCHL

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.


D0wnb0at

Didn’t realise how many yanks sub to /Britishproblems


Towsey-

*war - sester- shire* Argh I am imagining it in the whiniest American accent too This is torture - thanks a bunch OP


Bouncey_moogle

Can't find the video but the worst I ever heard was 'Wer - kester - shi - ree' sauce.


[deleted]

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


Forward_Artist_6244

Tayto crisps in Northern Ireland literally call the flavour Wuster Sauce https://www.tayto.com/shop/tayto-wuster-sauce/


ARobertNotABob

High Wycombe always amuses. hi-why-com-be


m22_blue

Wurrchesterchiya


shagssheep

Who the hell says “Chiya” why’s there a ch in it


m22_blue

Erm..... Americans?


eastkent

Yup, that's it.


[deleted]

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.


derekjw

Worcestershire Sauce is the most popular unpronounceable sauce back in Canada, and I assume the US as well


Original-Network853

Mate, knowledge of us is widespread around the world thanks to Lea and Perrins!


throwaway09563

Also a fairly big city in Massachusetts.


rogdogzz

Aluminium


nevynxxx

To be fair, they pronounce it how they spell it, and their spelling came first.


chemicalmisery

a-LUM-nium is a hybrid I often use


losangelestolondon

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.


eastkent

"Wooster sauce". Don't worry about the shire.


[deleted]

Wustershur. And someone should make a version of the wonderful condiment spelt exactly like that.


Just_Duck_2394

Leicestershire and Loughborough are also funny


Heretic193

You'll enjoy this: https://youtu.be/9q7VjLVU8Ec


xerodeficit

Can you show me the way to Lie-sester square?


Seasideboy2020

Ascan aside - the government intend to merge Northampton, Southampton and Littlehampton to make one BIG hampton


bumpkin_eater

I think the American way of saying it is actually correct but we've shortened it over the centuries...


MutantKeyboard

Loughborough will for ever confuse our American friends, they soundike scooby doo Loggha boroogha!


MarkusBerkel

You mean it’s not actually “ork-esther-shy-ree” with a silent ‘W’???


benrsmith77

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.


Inquiring_Barkbark

wurst-shur > wur-chester-shire


GerFubDhuw

What's funny is Japanese people pronounce it pretty well. Worcestershire sauce is pretty much a staple in Japanese homes.


Ginger987

https://youtu.be/YwTT8YQFJDQ


chaoticmessiah

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".


body_talk

Whas dis here sauce?


ColdbrewRedeye

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.


BassoProfondo

Hang on, the first three I've no idea how to say, but what's hard about Philadelphia and Amish?


ColdbrewRedeye

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.


je97

I went to school in war-sester and used to live in eedin-burg. The best time however was spent at 'keely' university.


theothergotoguy

i'm American, it's Woostah sauce. (Live in the UK).


silveryotter

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.


Verthandi-9

Pretty sure they do that joke in one of the shrek films. Woor... Sester.... Shyer.


IhaveaDoberman

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.


Sensitive-Walrus8939

Cleobury Mortimer is a tongue twister for most Americans.


Shellyboms75

Clee-bree - another Shropshirian here!


pogmahoun

Clib-ree, not Clee-bree. I live there