Massachusetts City Makes World’s Most Mispronounced List… kind of.
You can make a most mispronounced list based entirely off of Massachusetts cities and towns: Leominster, Tyngsborough, Tewksbury, Leicester – I’m looking at you. I think we take a certain pride in our tough-to-pronounce town names. And it’s definitely a rite of passage when you move to the area; just plan on getting hassled for a good 6 months to a year until you get them all straight. Only then do you move to the next level of becoming “one of us.” LOL
One of our town/city names actually just made a list of the World’s Most Mispronounced Places. (Kind of. I’ll explain a little further down.) But which one? Can you guess it??Preply conducted the study which revealed the most mispronounced places around the world. International places like Cannes and Versailles filled the list. Yosemite National Park was the only US entry on the list of 20. But Massachusetts also had an entry on the list… kind of.
OK enough kind of’s, let’s explain it. Worcester made the list!!!
Worcester, England that is.
However, Worcester, Massachusetts, was named after Worcester, England in recognition of its English roots and heritage. The history dates back to the early colonial period when European settlers began establishing towns in the New World. Therefore, it’s the same name! What’s funny is that their pronunciation is the same as ours – “WUSS-stuh.” The American version of Worcester is supposed to be pronounced with the R sound, “WUSS-ster” but we all knows what often happens to that R. We England it up.
While we’re at it – let’s give you the most mispronounced town names in Mass (strangely with a different #1). Grab yourself a water and some tongue detangler because (if you’re not from Massachusetts) your tongue is gonna get REAL twisted in a sec.