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Elizabethan, restored in the 60's. Wymondham market square.
14th Feb 2008, 12:47   | tags:,

jetblacknewmoblog says:

knew that was wymondham!
*casually awaits imminent comments about the pronounciation of wymondham*

14th Feb 2008, 12:49

mat says:

Wind-am.

Obviously. :)

I had some American friends at uni, listening to them try and pronounce Norfolk placenames was hilarious. Norrich. Happys-burg. Wye-mond-ham. Cost-essy. etc.

14th Feb 2008, 12:52

hildegard says:

Oh my word, I haven't seen that since I was a stripling. Nice to think that at a time when the local councils of so many places were tearing out stuff like market squares & shambles, to shove in brutalist shopping precincts, the people of Wymondham thought this was worth restoring.

Thanks for reminding me of unintentional USAF hilarity when off-base activities were discussed. Bless 'em, they all seemed to have done the same preparation too, & spent their first few weeks trying to drop the assumption that there were such places as Norfolkshire or Suffolkshire...

14th Feb 2008, 13:12

OJ says:

Ahem. I fell foul of Wymondham and Happysburgh when I briefly worked in Norwich too.

In fact, remind me, how do you say Costessy?

14th Feb 2008, 14:50

mat says:

"Coss-ey". It has a silent 't', like the French.

14th Feb 2008, 14:55

Salome says:

No! The correct phrase is Dorothy Parker's (I think) comment to Jean Harlow "It has a silent 'T'.. like Harlow"

14th Feb 2008, 18:02

OJ says:

Merci Beaucoup.

Salome, imdb has it as Margot Asquith (wife of the Prime Minister) in response to Jean Harlow's mispronunciation of her forename...

14th Feb 2008, 20:44

Salome says:

Oh yes! That's right. I tend to assume that these things are always Dorothy Parker.
Thanks!

15th Feb 2008, 14:55

mat says:

I didn't know I was quoting. I just meant that, in French, the t is silent a lot.

doh.

15th Feb 2008, 14:58

hildegard says:

On the basis that you collect information & no more than that; the french would probably pronounce that Cost-essee. It's only a terminal "t" that's generally silent, as in "Merlot" but not "couturier".

15th Feb 2008, 15:14

mat says:

*hoards factlet*

I probably knew that, if I'd thought a bit more. I keep speaking german to the dog, so my french-head is a bit rustier than normal.

15th Feb 2008, 15:16

hildegard says:

Clearly, you need a trip to Alsace, just to properly confuse yourself.

15th Feb 2008, 15:50