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Post by CrunchySaviour » 24 Mar 2006, 09:49

Going by historical spelling, yeah!

Interestingly, "Brixton" is derived from "Brixistan", although you'd probably be locked up if you tried to call it that today!
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Post by standclearofthedoors » 24 Mar 2006, 20:15

Sounds like a former soviet satellite
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Post by zeibura » 24 Mar 2006, 21:03

haha i never realised thats how it was spelt :lol:

my favourite one is "penge", which in saxon english meant "a clearing in the wood where the pigs are fed", and still remains true today.
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Post by Richard » 24 Mar 2006, 21:41

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Post by standclearofthedoors » 24 Mar 2006, 21:45

Regardless of all we can say about phonetics, a place name does give a good indication of character. "Penge" sounds incredibly depressing, as does "Hull"
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Post by CrunchySaviour » 24 Mar 2006, 23:58

One of the scummy areas of Dunstable (next to Luton) is called "Downside"! Classic!
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Post by petermiller36 » 25 Mar 2006, 13:34

sums up Dunstable all round really doesnt it ;)

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Post by Fimb » 26 Mar 2006, 00:05

There's nothing wrong with Dunstable.. thats why we only lived there for 18 months *l*

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Post by Root » 26 Mar 2006, 02:04

There are areas of Brighton known as "Old Steine", "Cheapside" and "Ditchling". No comment required, methinks.
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Post by standclearofthedoors » 26 Mar 2006, 21:52

Slightly Irrelevnt, but is there a formula for where a "West" or "North" goes on a station name?
(West Finchley, Hounslow West for example)
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Post by zeibura » 30 Mar 2006, 01:25

there's also a road in the city of london called cheapside though, which was the "high street" back in the day.

i always wondered about north south east or west as suffixes/prefixes aswell. my theory is that if there's a district of the town called east ___ or west ___ etc. (such as east finchley, east croydon, south norwood), the other end will have the word as a prefix (e.g. west croydon, west norwood). otherwise it's a suffix. but there are probably about a million exceptions to that.
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Post by standclearofthedoors » 30 Mar 2006, 15:24

Such as Finchley :lol:
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Post by Beary » 25 Apr 2006, 17:34

Sorry to bring up an old thread.
I was wondering about the Chesham/Amersham pronunciation. When I went up there and asked someone if he knew where the bus for Amer-sham leaves he just looked at me and said: Oh, you mean Amers-ham. This was an older male, so could it be that Amers-ham is an old pronunciation?
And what about Loughton? Is it pronounced as the Scottish loch or Lafton or Laten.
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Post by CrunchySaviour » 25 Apr 2006, 20:10

Loughton is pronounced like "plough-tn" (plow-tn if you're American).

CHESH-m.
AMer-shm.

That's how I pronounce them. I don't know about archaic pronunciations...
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Post by standclearofthedoors » 25 Apr 2006, 22:35

Otherwise Amersham sounds like a rather famous online book retailer.
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