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An American in London was having a terrible time with his pronunciation.

It was bad enough to learn that Worcester was pronounced "Wooster," and that Chumley was spelled out as Cholmondeley.

Then he saw a marquee on a picture house.

"That settles it," said the American. "I'm going home."


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3 Answers


A friend of mine from Mass. calls it Wistersire! LOL. :D :D :D:D

Marianne Rooster

Lol, Rooster, a good idea; that might be useful for another joke ... :D:D:D:D.


"Wooster"...?   That sounds like a small child or someone with a speech impediment (Elmer Fudd?) trying to say "Rooster". :)

Marianne TheOtherTink

Lol - T(h)ink, yes, indeed. :D:D

Then you haves Mr Featherstone-hough who pronounces his name Farnshaw, and Mr Colquhoun who likes us to call him Ca-hoon.
And while I agree that Worcester is pronounced as you explained, one wag managed to rhyme it with "rooster".

There was a young fellow of Worcester
Who was woken each day by a rorcester.
He remarked 'It is vain
If I try to complain
But it does  crow much more than it orcester.'
Virginia Didge

Didge, Marianne and Other Tink are both very skilled at romantic poetry (aka limericks), but this one may take the cake at least for today! :P :D

Didge Didge

Hi Virginia. I recall another that tried for the same kind of effect:

A girl who weighed many an oz.
Used language I dare not pronoz.
For a fellow unkind
Pulled her chair out behind,
Just to see, so he said, if she'd boz.

Virginia Didge

Oh! I just got it...to see if she'd BOUNCE! Didge I love it...English language is utterly wonderful!

Didge Didge

Ain't it, though. :)

TheOtherTink Didge

There was a young lady from Worcester,

Whose dissatisfaction indorcester

To gripe: "When we spoon,

It's just over too soon,

'Cuz my S.O. makes love like a rorcester."   (no reflection on OUR Rooster intended! )

Didge Didge

Absolutely not! He'd be in there for the long term. Nice one, Tink.

TheOtherTink Didge

Thank you, Didge.  :)

Marianne Didge

Lol, Didge, outstanding and hilarious!

Well, I have a kind of feeling like doing silly things and talking nonsense.



No "oz's" left to bake more cake;

or worcester sauce to make a lake;

"pronounce" or "bounce" won't wake a "drake",

"announce" per ounce can't shake "Big Jake",

"pounce or renounce" at stake is fake ...

Didge Didge

You put some thought into that, Marianne.

The first line reminds me of a pop song  from my youth and a cartoon that made use of it. It was called "If I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake."

While it was at the top of the charts one of the newspaper cartoons showed an aboriginal woman standing at the door of her hut saying to a visitor, "If I knew you were coming I'd have baked a snake."

Some people will eat anything. :(

Marianne Didge

Lol, Didge, I was indeed stuck with the "oz's" - chuckling.

As for the song of the fifties, I didn't know this one, and here's what I found:

I can't remember songs so far, and here, in Continental Europe, classics, chansons, folklore and the "bel canto", further some old jazz and, occasionally, rock, were probably the most heard on the radio - at least on our side.

An example, which you will certainly remember (with subtitles in English):

As to the food - well, people have to do with the natural resources of their region - well, certain specialties, which might be difficult to get used to - lol.


Didge Didge

That's the one, Marianne. I can't remember the last time I heard it. Probably when it was on the hit parade.

Marianne Didge

Lol, Didge, in this case, it was a lucky pick.