The 20 most commonly mispronounced place names

Friday 16 September 2016 07:45
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While much of the English language is pretty simple to master, there's an array of words that are commonly mispronounced - especially place names.

Towns, beaches and landmarks across the British Isles have been named by historic foreign invaders and a phonetic minefield has been left behind. English speakers are used to pronouncing every letter they see, so French terms and silent letters can leave the public tongue-tied.

For instance, did you know that Gotham in Nottinghamshire is actually pronounced "goat-ham", or that Brougham in Cumbria is pronounced "broom"? Here are 20 of the most commonly mispronounced destinations.

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