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Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman


October 3, 2019

Well, that’s embarrassing. According to a recent poll on the most difficult-to-pronounce place names in the UK, I’ve been calling a nearby town the wrong thing my entire life. How was I to know that Frome is really “froom”, instead of how it’s spelled?

I’ve had chuckle-worthy moments on these shores when discovering my pronunciation skills are not up to snuff. I didn’t understand that Arkansas is a completely different word to Kansas, for example, and in my previous life I was literal in how I pronounced Maryland and Newfoundland.

Not to mention names that were originally take...

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