RE: RE: grouping by unique...
[ Michael Kay] > > To my esteemed British correspondents: Could you please > > explain why the English name "Featherstone" is pronounced "Fanshaw"? > > I think you mean "Featherstonehaugh". > > If you were called that, how would you pronounce it? > > I don't know the explanation in this case. With place names, the usual > reason for a disconnect between the spelling and the pronunciation is > that the spelling evolved among those who could read and write, the > pronunciation among those who couldn't. > Well. here is the US in the state of Massachusetts, we have the city of Worcester, pronounced more or less as "Wooster". I have always assumed that that would be the pronuciation in England, too, but I have never heard it spoken by someone from there. Cheers, Tom P XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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