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Re: Pronouncing Leicester Correctly
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1176  Thursday, 12 June 2003

[1]     From:   Jan Pick <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 17:21:26 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly

[2]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 22:03:18 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly

[3]     From:   Markus Marti <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Jun 2003 02:20:58 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly

[4]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Jun 2003 09:56:20 +0800 (SGT)
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From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 17:21:26 -0700
Subject: 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly

The same reason Wednesday is pronounced Wensday!  It just is and always
has been.  A quirk of the English language, I suppose!

Jan Pick
(born and bred in Leicester!!)

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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003 22:03:18 +0100
Subject: 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly

This is a thoroughly mysterious question!  How else could Leicester be
pronounced?   But in any case, the answer has already been provided, for
what other possible origin could there be for the name Lester?

John Briggs

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From:           Markus Marti <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Jun 2003 02:20:58 +0200
Subject: 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly

>The Earl of Leicester's name is pronounced as if  it were Lester. Can
>anyone shed some light on this and further would the name in
>Shakespeare's time have been pronounced as Lester or in some other
>fashion(s)?

There's this remarkable short poem by the famous poet Anonymous (could
this be the same person who wrote Beowulf and some of the gospels?)

There was a young lady of Leicester
Who had an idea which obseicester,
   When she felt in the mood,
   She'd run round in the nude,
And wonder why no-one posseicester.

There are also ladies from Gloucester, Towcester, Worcester, and some
sisters from Cirencester and Bicester...

Markus Marti

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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Jun 2003 09:56:20 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1165 Pronouncing Leicester Correctly

It's a perfectly standard British contraction.  When I lived in
Birmingham (aka Brum) I had a flat in a building called Warwick Towers.
Cab drivers never knew where I wanted to go until I learned to stop
saying 'War-wick' and start saying 'Wark'.  I'm not an historical
linguist, however, so I can't tell you when Leicester became Lester.

Regards,
Arthur Lindley

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