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February 18, 2016



So how is the /English/ name for this city pronounced?


Doctor Foster went to Gloucester in a shower of rain...., as the nursery rhyme goes. It rhymes with "Foster".

The first syllable rhymes with "gloss, boss, toss"; the second is an unstressed syllable as in "faster, better, mister".

I'd pronounce it the way kdb119 wrote in IPA -- I distinguish the vowels in "cot - caught" and in "bother - father". If you're from the US, you may not have this particular version of "short O". And the second syllable has no "R" sound in it for me -- my accent is non-rhotic. (See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoticity_in_English .)

I'm not sure what the traditional pronunciation in Gloucester itself is; it's far enough to the south and west that the traditional pronunciation there may actually be rhotic (as are most varieties of English in the US).

  • 2365

Well done! I'm slightly disappointed I didn't think of the nursery rhyme myself.

  • 2365

Hmmm, a little tricky to describe without IPA, the OED suggests /ˈglɒstə/ but my best attempt would be 'Gloh-ster'.

I'm trying to think how not to imply 'Glow-ster' which would be wrong - although I suppose some West-country accents might approach that pronunciation.

Perhaps someone with a better appreciation of how to convey pronunciation might have a better stab at this?

  • 2365

It's slightly puzzling why 'Gloucester' is included in a topic about countries. Unless it is expected to appear later in a sentence along the lines of 'Gloucester is a city in England'.


More 'names of places' than just countries, perhaps.

(The (G)loyw in Caerloyw (<-Caer-Gloyw) is the 'Glou' in Gloucester)

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