Advanced search want to forcibly correct station announcers' pronunciation?

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Financeprincess Sun 17-Nov-13 14:12:41

The large station to which I commute has taken to making regular announcements, advising customers not to take big cases onto the "eskewlators".

I think you'll find that you meant escalators.

AIBU to be driven insane by this? The announcements at this station have also featured "sickth" (sixth) and "illuminous" (luminous).

AIBU to be driven insane with irritation? I suspect that I already know the answer...

moominleigh94 Mon 18-Nov-13 11:27:44

Although I also laughed a lot when my very Welsh boyfriend went to Birmingham with me on the train and pronounced 'Smethwick' the way it's spelled... with emphasis on the "w". And Wednesbury as Wed-nes-bury.

moominleigh94 Mon 18-Nov-13 11:26:22

Starball, Jitney a lot of the Welsh ones make me crack up grin

Abewistwith - Aberystwyth
Clan-dud-no - Llandudno
Penny-chain - Penychain
Betsy co-ed - Betws-Y-Coed

I once heard Pwllheli pronounced as pully-woolly-helly, and Prestatyn as "press-that-in" hmm

Xochiquetzal Mon 18-Nov-13 02:22:58

escalators and sixth I can live with, place names annoy the hell out of me.

Where I live there are a couple of places with similarly spelled names and the trains never get the pronunciations around the right way!

NoComet Mon 18-Nov-13 02:06:21

Mac-en-lith for Machynlleth cracked me up every time.

Vicki1972 Sun 17-Nov-13 18:41:30

YANBU. It is completely unasseptable. wink

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 17-Nov-13 18:35:53

Lol...I live near Wales and the announcers NEVER get the Welsh place names right...."This train is calling at LAN DUDNOR" when they mean's like she's tried for the correct Welsh way and it comes out all mangled.

Financeprincess Sun 17-Nov-13 18:32:17

I've heard St Pancreas before. Made my day!

I'm loath to criticise anybody for mispronouncing place names though. I never got to grips with Llanfairfechan.

HellonHeels Sun 17-Nov-13 17:56:33

I recall an uber-cockney District line tube driver who would announce

"All stations to Up-minister"* I loved him for it!

*station name is Upminster.

dementedma Sun 17-Nov-13 17:35:29

Sic-th drives me insane!
I am driven to screaming ITS SIXTH at the TV!

Euphemia Sun 17-Nov-13 17:05:36

I was shouting at the TV this week when news reporters were talking about Debenhams' "mannie-kwins". angry They're "mannie-kins"!!!

MrsRBrand Sun 17-Nov-13 16:35:14

My fave was when they said; "we are now arriving at London St Pancreas!"

NoComet Sun 17-Nov-13 15:46:19

NewStreet in Birmingham needed a Welsh announcer.

The evening train that split in two and stopped at every single North Welsh station was a joy, the poor announcer always got in a mess.

DeepThought Sun 17-Nov-13 15:36:12

Belle careful otherwise you'll get a tired tongue and that ain't good grin

nennypops Sun 17-Nov-13 15:32:36

Nucular, ffs. How hard can it be to say "nuclear? Presumably they can say "new clear" if asked?

Also, Jeremy Paxman, who in all other contexts is a national treasure, saying "meatryologists" for "meteorologists".

BelleOfTheBorstal Sun 17-Nov-13 15:28:20

<is now worrying fellow train passengers by muttering six-th under her breath repeatedly>

NewtRipley Sun 17-Nov-13 15:26:29

Complain. Go newckiller at them .

DeepThought Sun 17-Nov-13 15:23:13

oh GAWD yes to mis-stressors*, so annoying grrrr.

*This is a made-up word

HoratiaDrelincourt Sun 17-Nov-13 15:12:37

Ah, I thought you meant when they mispronounce station names (happens frequently on our back-of-beyond rural route). That is annoying.

Also annoying is the trick they've acquired from weather forecasters of stressing the wrong word IN a sentence, typically prepositions. "The train now arriving ON platform six is the 9.22 from London Euston". Only they keep you on your toes by using inappropriate prepositions too - "please keep hold OF your belongings whilst ON the station." angry

AlwaysInBed Sun 17-Nov-13 14:53:51

I can't really get my mouth around sickth. But then I say ff for th (I really tried hard to say th but it doesn't seem to get out of my mouth) so it's more sickff.

QuintessentialShadows Sun 17-Nov-13 14:52:27


Train stations for British workers only, or you will be forced to undertake elocution classes, paid for by commuters through increased ticket prices.

I want elocution classes, think I should apply for a job at my local train station! grin

JoinYourPlayfellows Sun 17-Nov-13 14:47:54


I love a good tongue twister, me smile

DeepThought Sun 17-Nov-13 14:46:15

I don't know, I've boggled my mouth, it's gone all confused oh dear

Like when you try to say Peter Piper Picked A Peck blah blah and it turns into stumble stumble spray blush get me coat.

JoinYourPlayfellows Sun 17-Nov-13 14:42:12

I would have thought that sick-th and six-th were both standard pronunciations.

To me sick-th is a very English thing to say.

I don't say it, but it does make sense to shorting the x sound when it is followed by a th.

I've always thought it was quite elegant.

ShatterResistant Sun 17-Nov-13 14:41:08

grin OP.

DeepThought Sun 17-Nov-13 14:39:08

when you elide words, I mean

I guess I ain't no Juliet Stevenson ho hum

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