Arr ken saw

c: | f: /

I don’t make the rules, I just work here.

Who makes these pronunciation rules up?

  • Someone with the surname Featherstonehaugh is Mr Fanshaw
  • Leominster is pronounced Lemster
  • Stivichall is pronounced Sty-chul
  • Ely is pronounced E-lee
  • Arkansas (State) is pronounced Arr-ken-saw, while Kansas is pronounced Kan-zus and Arkansas (City) is pronounced Arr-kan-zus

Somebody must sit in a darkened room somewhere working out how best to confound both native and non-native speakers of English.

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