This Side of the Pond
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...