How Do You Pronounce That Word?

IMG_0171I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and some say I have a Michigander accent. You can be assured, that I don’t have a British accent, but I have fond memories of my grandmother’s voice calling me “love” and talking about a “cuppa tea.” Naturally, like other Americans, I often have trouble pronouncing British locations – especially those shires.

Out of curiosity and because of my foreign tongue, I posted in a group on Facebook where other members live or used to live in Salford and/or Broughton.  You’ll discover Broughton is used multiple times in Toil Under the Sun.  I’ve been pronouncing it a certain way but wondered if I had it right.

So, thinking it was a simple question, I posted on the Facebook group board the following. “I have a question from across the pond. Is Broughton pronounced Bro-ton or Brow-ton. My phonetic attempt. LOL”  OMG – I started a firestorm and at last count forty-seven replies and lots of variations all from people in the United Kingdom.  Frankly, after the first twenty responses, I couldn’t stop laughing.  Conclusion — never ask an Englishman how to pronounce a location.

When you read the book, you are more than welcome to pronounce Broughton in any of these following phonetic ways.  Apparently, they are all right, depending on who you ask.

  • Brought-n
  • Braw as in raw, ton
  • Brorton
  • Brawtun
  • Bro-ton
  • Brawton
  • Braw’un
  • Braw’n
  • Brought-on

Well, I think you get the gist.  I’ve been stuck on Brow-ton myself, but I probably should shift to Braw-ton.

Enjoy,

Vicki

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