Social Success: A Victorian Guide to Proper Pronunciation (Part Two)

After our first foray in to the world of proper pronunciation for Victorian ladies and gentleman, it seems that a second consideration of this weighty matter would not go amiss. After all, it is very important that a lady or gentleman not only looks the part, or acts the part, but also sounds the part.

In this article, we shall explore the correct pronunciation of place names. In our examination of place names, we shall include counties, towns, streets and squares. So, in short, wherever you want to go, you can be assured that your pronunciation will not give you cause to blush. Well, as long as the place in question is included here…

For clarity, we should perhaps mention that the spelling is listed on the left, with the pronunciation detailed on the right. Thus, and without further delay, let us uncover how we might speak with perfect pronunciation:

  • Berkshire – Barkshire [1]
  • Berkeley – Barkley [2]
  • Cirencester – Cis’ester [3]
  • Derby – Darby [4]
  • Grosvenor – Grovenor [5]
  • Hertford – Hartford [6]
  • Malmesbury – Marmsbury [7]
  • Marlborough – Mawlboro [8]

 

 

Footnotes

[1] Howard, Lady Constance, Etiquette: What to Do and How to Do It, (London: F. V. White & Co., 1885), [ULAN Press], p. 170.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Anon., Manners and Rules of Good Society; Or, Solecisms to be Avoided, [Leopold Classic Library], p. 81.

[4] Howard, Etiquette: What to Do and How to Do It, p. 171.

[5] Ibid., p. 172.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid., p. 173.

[8] Ibid.

 

Bibliography

Anon., Manners and Rules of Good Society; Or, Solecisms to be Avoided, [Leopold Classic Library].

Howard, Lady Constance, Etiquette: What to Do and How to Do It, (London: F. V. White & Co., 1885), [ULAN Press].

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