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lessonsintightropes Mon 10-Mar-14 17:26:50

There's a shopping centre near my office with a posh furniture store in it called Grange. I popped in to see if they had a particular sofa and the guy in the shop took a call, referring to it as Gronzj (iyswim). I nearly had to leave the shop laughing, it's worse than Cl'aam for Clapham or Saint Reatham for Streatham. AIBU to think this is ridiculously pretentious?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 10-Mar-14 17:28:28

Ha ha ha I remember St Reatham back in the 80's grin

TwittyMcTwitterson Mon 10-Mar-14 19:55:19

I don't get it but I'm really intrigued??? hmm

TwittyMcTwitterson Mon 10-Mar-14 19:56:05

Oh no wait, as in la graaaange? All posh and that?

lessonsintightropes Mon 10-Mar-14 19:56:12

Like a fake French accent to try and make it sound posh.

lessonsintightropes Mon 10-Mar-14 19:56:39

X post grin

TwittyMcTwitterson Mon 10-Mar-14 19:56:51

Ha! Hilarious!!! Knob... wink

KatieHopkinsEvilTwin Mon 10-Mar-14 19:58:42

grin Brilliant.

There's a place in the Midlands called Leamore and some of the locals refer to it as L'amour. That always makes me chuckle too.

WottaTheOdds Mon 10-Mar-14 20:01:18

And there's St. Ockwell and Batturseeya!

cantdoalgebra Mon 10-Mar-14 20:05:51

It IS a French furniture company.

CorusKate Mon 10-Mar-14 20:11:20

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lessonsintightropes Mon 10-Mar-14 20:14:28

Just seemed a bit out of place in... Croydon grin

MimsyBorogroves Mon 10-Mar-14 20:20:01

And don't forget Saint Evenage for those in Herts.

Mind you, where I'm from we have a chain of shops called Boyes, and pronunciation fluctuates between "boy-ziz" and "boy-ez".

PanicMode Mon 10-Mar-14 20:21:40

When I lived in Battersea many moons ago, estate agents called it South Chelsea!!

PanicMode Mon 10-Mar-14 20:23:15

When I lived in Battersea many moons ago, estate agents called it South Chelsea!!

PanicMode Mon 10-Mar-14 20:23:59

When I lived in Battersea many moons ago, estate agents called it South Chelsea!!

PanicMode Mon 10-Mar-14 20:28:49

Sorry, kept saying connection failed!

Optimist1 Mon 10-Mar-14 20:33:52

I don't think we have Target (economical department store) in the UK, but friends in Canada and Australia both refer jokingly to it with a French accent - "tarjay" which cracks me up.

lessonsintightropes Mon 10-Mar-14 20:38:34

Love visiting tarjay when in the US!

TheGirlFromIpanema Mon 10-Mar-14 20:45:35

mimsy the Boy-ziz thing is just odd isn't it, some people have always called it that since the 80's, very odd. I think its because we might say Marks-iz for M&S and so Boyes is the same for some reason confused

TheNewSchmoo Mon 10-Mar-14 20:53:52

Darj en ham. Someone I met on holiday came from there. Took me ages to work out where they meant.

whattimestea Mon 10-Mar-14 20:56:54

mimsy I've always called it boy-ziz. I always thought it was a local thing to call it that and only non locals/visitors called it Boy-ez?

Normalisavariantofcrazy Mon 10-Mar-14 21:12:50

It's like Essex folk taking the piss out of Vange and Pitsea, it's really hard to type the faux posh pronounciation of them but needless to say it's the polar opposite to the actual way of saying it and they really aren't posh areas!

PoppettyPing Mon 10-Mar-14 21:23:57

Haha my DH is from Grimsby and when we visit, his mum (who loves a good bargain) always says "I've been in Boyes today.."

Shakey1500 Mon 10-Mar-14 21:26:21

I don't visit Mat-a-lan, I frequent Mat-tar-lan ]grin]

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