It’s easy to take a place name for granted until you hear someone from outside the area try to say it.

Think about some of the humdingers in the rest of the country.

Marylebone in London and Bicester in Oxfordshire are good examples.]

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Frome in Somerset was apparently at the top of the UK’s hardest to say list.

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For those who do not know, it is pronounced “froom”, obviously.

And in Dover there are some place names that foreigners really seem to have trouble with too.

It might sound straightforward to locals, but we bet you’ve heard at least one person come out with a different effort that caused internal laughter.


Not Hoo-ham or Hoog-em or – like you’re a teenager asking for directions somewhere – “How-fam”.

It’s neither.

It’s Huff-um.


The eye spine is the most common mistake here.

Although it is assumed that a seriously verbally challenged person might even end up with Ee-thorne.

It’s Ay-thorn.

Except of course that is not the case, technically.

It’s Eythorne.



The most remarkable thing about this one is that it is even considered part of Dover.

It is absolutely miles away.

Which means even the folks in Dover could be wrong.

To be clear, apparently there is no weird shorthand for “muth” like Portsmouth.

Popular opinion says you say it all – Stour-mowth.

Temple of Ewell

Shepherds shouldn’t have a problem with this one.

But those unfamiliar with the area, a farm, or a dictionary might not realize that “Ewell” is actually said like “you will”.

The same of course applies to nearby Ewell Minnis.

But it’s kind of confusing – that’s probably why everyone just calls it The Minnis.


The entrance sign of Capel-le-Ferne

Now, this one should really be easy.

It’s Capel.

It is literally the way it is spelled.

Yet an almost inconceivable number of people seem to say “Capple.”

And for some reason, it’s especially boring. A real ship’s popper when you hear it.

Grand Mongeham

It is much more understandable. The possibilities are limitless.

But if you’re from the Dover area, you’ll probably know that whether you’re in Little or Great, it’s always munj-em.

Tilman Stone

With Folkestone nearby, this place should be easy.

But people still seem to like to say the whole word, as if they were American.

Let’s see, everyone knows it makes perfect sense that if it’s a place name, “stone” instantly becomes “stunning”.

Just like “mouth” becomes “muth” if it is a place name.

Unless you’re in Stourmouth, in which case, as we’ve covered, it’s “mouth” again.

Wow, this is really very confusing after all.


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