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  •  I jus wanna know how you MA folks... (3+ / 0-)
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    Get "Worcester" to come out "Woostah"....

    Around my neck of the woods in Jersey, we got a town named "Buena" and they call it "Byoona"...

    Midwesterners are no better, they got "Kay-ro" (Cairo) and "Mad-rid" (Madrid)....

    Hillbillies aren't exempt, the Kanawha River that flows thru Charleston WV is pronounced "Kan-NAW"....that's how they know "Yew ain't from 'roun here, are ya, boy?"...

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 04:26:37 AM PST

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    •  That first one... (3+ / 0-)
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      xaxnar, markdd, RiveroftheWest

      ...Is actually the original pronunciation of the original place name from England.

      Worcester is pronounced "wooster" just as Leicester is pronounced "lester"

      It gets its odd spelling from its old english origins, with "-cester" being one of a family of place name suffixes indicating a fortified camp.

      Others in the same family are "-caster" or "-chester" but those are usually pronounced in full (eg "Lancaster", "Manchester") whereas over the centuries the "-cester" suffix got contracted and is almost universally reduced to "-ster" in pronunciation.

      •  Go on down to Louisiana (3+ / 0-)

        and ride the Phideaux bus (try fiddo if your French isn't up to speed)

        “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

        by markdd on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 11:43:19 AM PST

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        •  My French is a little rusty... (3+ / 0-)
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          .. and I have something of a contamination from the Charentais patois but yeah, I would instinctively pronounce that french-style, albeit with an accent from out in the sticks rather than Parisian. (that contamination by the patois means I've been occasionally mistaken for Canadian because folks assume I learned my French in Quebec)

          •  Worked with a Cajun on the F-16 (1+ / 0-)
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            RiveroftheWest

            The French couldn't understand a word he said, the Belgians understood everything...

            “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

            by markdd on Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 12:06:53 PM PST

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