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From: Karen Courtenay <>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 16:22:14 -0500
Hope I am doing this right - first time....
> Worcester rymes with Booster.
No. Take it from a Massachusetts native - the vowel in the first syllable is like that of BOOK,
not that of BOOT.
Leicester is LESS-tuh.
Gloucester (not that you asked) is GLOSS-tuh.
We have a Leominster here in Mass. too, and although it's now pronounced LEM'n'stuh, the New
Hampshire town named after it shows the old pronunciation is its spelling - Lempster.
See if you can guess the pronunciation of Cirencester - I hear that people in England
are now pronouncing it more the way it's spelled, but its old prounciation was spectacularly
While we're at it, some surnames have pretty fascinating pronunciations -
Cholmondeley - CHUM-ley
Featherstonehaugh - FAN-shaw