You might think there are not many place names in Northamptonshire that can possibly be pronounced incorrectly.
However, you would be surprised how people from out of the area perceive some villages and towns in our county.
From Cogenhoe to Towcester, there are some places that really just get out-of-towners’ heads spinning.
And for those who live locally, there are also some places that we pronounce in ways that just do not make sense. Dusson, Wellingbru…
Here’s 13 place names in Northamptonshire that are mispronounced in one way or another.
Anyone from around here knows it is pronounced ‘Cook-no’, but you often hear people trying to say ‘Cog-en-hoe’. A source of entertainment if ever anyone asks for directions.
Again, it seems crazy to locals that this town could ever be pronounced wrong. ‘Tow-ster’ makes sense to all of us, but F1 fans from around the world who venture out of Silverstone, will always say ‘Tow-ces-ter’.
It’s a classic. ‘Neen’ v ‘Nen’. Obviously, it is Nen…
This one is understandable. Anyone who has never heard of the village probably looks at the spelling and thinks ‘that is a random collection of letters’. People attempt to say it in many ways. It is of course ‘Bow-zhat’.