Place names

Gail TB gail at
Wed Jan 31 16:40:30 EST 2001

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Andinach <pandinac at>
To: dwj at <dwj at>
Date: 29 January 2001 13:21
Subject: Re: Place names

>On Mon, 29 Jan 2001, Laurel Lamme wrote:
>> You give life savor,
>> Bring out each flavor,
>> So one thing's clear, dear,
>> You're my Worcestershire, dear!
>> So does Worcestershire really come out rhyming with clear?  And how
>> many syllables does it have?
>Three syllables: Woos ter sheer.

Not "sheer"! Surely no one says that? I have only ever heard "shire" (as
written) or a sound approximating to "shuh".

Incidentally, I had always thought it was Worcester sauce, but a quick check
in the kitchen cupboard has proved me wrong after all these years.


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