Folk Awareness oif Dialect

Megan Jones mrj104 at YORK.AC.UK
Tue Dec 5 17:15:25 UTC 2000

>But isn't "Worchester" also pronounced 'Wooster' [wUst at r]?  Again, spelling
>changes with emigration, esp. if the early settlers are semi-literate;
>their rough attempts at spelling heritage names then become standardized in
>the new land.  We have a Wooster, Ohio too (whether [wUst at r] or [wust at r]
>I'm not sure), and also a Glouster (either [glaust at r] or [glast at r].
>Gloucester, England is pronounced [glaust at r] too, isn't it?

No, it's pronounced "gloster".

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