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"Bath" and "Barth" - where in England does it change?

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FairyPenguin Thu 25-Jun-15 14:05:03

I know people in Bedford and Northampton who all say "Barth". I met someone from Leicester and she says "Bath". Leicester isn't that far away from Northampton.

Whereabouts in the country does the pronunciation change?

intheshitegardendamnit Thu 25-Jun-15 18:38:53

Near Warwick here - say bath, flat vowel.

emwithme Thu 25-Jun-15 19:07:47

Grew up in Coventry - it's bath (rhymes with the American math).

Now live in Somerset where it's quite clearly Barth.

I like confusing annoying people so if I was going about my ablutions in the relevant city, I would be taking a bath (short a) in Ba(r)th.

iwanttobemrsnorthman Sun 13-Sep-15 22:48:09

Well I'm from the black country so its baff here gringrin

Snossidge Sun 13-Sep-15 22:49:17

Where I am it's Baaath - long a but not ar.

Pipbin Sun 13-Sep-15 22:50:29

DH is from the midlands and it's short a for him.

TwmSionCati Sun 13-Sep-15 22:53:21

somewhere around Leighton Buzzard I think

NewLife4Me Sun 13-Sep-15 22:54:05

Does the person saying Barth also have a plumb in their mouth because this narrows it down a bit.
Or do they just pronounce it Barth.

Anyway I'm from thNorth west, an I say bath pronouncing the th not ff as some do round here.

TwmSionCati Sun 13-Sep-15 22:56:19

no plum it is just barth

BackforGood Sun 13-Sep-15 22:58:28

Birmingham - I'd have a bath ~ to rhyme with Math(s)
Same as there's no 'r' in castle
or glass

All have a short 'a' sound, as in 'hat'

TwmSionCati Sun 13-Sep-15 23:04:37

while I would say glarse and carstle

nokidshere Sun 08-Nov-15 13:30:09

I'm a mancuniun living near Bath so if I am winding my (southern) children up I say Bath (short a) but if i am chatting generally I have been here long enough for it naturally to have evolved to Barth grin

usual Sun 08-Nov-15 13:39:56

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Bonkerz Sun 08-Nov-15 13:41:38

I from Hampshire and say Barth but now live in Leicester where they say bath.

Flumplet Sun 08-Nov-15 13:43:40

I'm from south Oxon living in Birmingham so 'baath' dh is a Brummell so 'bath' - poor ds doesn't know whether he's coming or going and alternates betwixt the two grin

choccyp1g Sun 08-Nov-15 13:44:12

In South Wales it is Baath. For the town and the tub.

LittleBearPad Sun 08-Nov-15 13:45:41

DH (Midlands) is deeply confused and says both grin

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Sun 08-Nov-15 13:46:40

At Gloucester Rugby ground where they are great rivals with Bath it often sounds like "Borth" from the fans!

In Gloucester it is Barth

usual Sun 08-Nov-15 13:46:45

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PuppyMonkey Sun 08-Nov-15 13:51:41

Nottingham - say bath to rhyme with math too.

Archer26 Sun 08-Nov-15 13:52:34

I'm in Nottingham and it's bath with a short a here. My friend is from Wiltshire and now lives up here and is amazed at the difference in pronounciations for quite a few words.

Lolimax Sun 08-Nov-15 13:53:28

Interesting discussion here....all Welsh. Newport Welsh no 'r' sound as in Bath, Valleys Welsh a definite 'r' sound. Who knew?

MERLYPUSSEDOFF Sun 08-Nov-15 18:58:30

I live in Kent
Barth like Martha

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Sun 08-Nov-15 19:01:02

It's not barth in bath it's baath
I say Barth because I went to a posh school and my dad is posh but the local accent is baath

Artandco Sun 08-Nov-15 19:02:43

London - Barth, parth, carstle, glarss, grarss

Everyone I know from London, South East, South seem to add the 'r' sound. Everyone from south west, west and north no 'r'. Well in general from the people I know and hear, I'm sure there's variants.

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