Place names are one thing, but something quite insidious are people’s names and the names of certain Oxbridge Colleges.
We have a programme over here called Room 101. It’s a reference to Orwell’s 1984 where room 101 is where the worst thing in the world is, the thing that scares you the most.
Various Celebs are invited on to say who or what they would put in room 101. It’s basically a list of pet hates. One celeb wanted to put names that don’t match their spellings in. The reason being it’s a class thing, these people and places are rich people and places they go. They all know how these names should be pronounced which makes it easier to spot Working Class oiks like me.
Here is a prime example Magdalen College at Oxford University does not have the same pronunciation as Jesus’s companion Mary despite having the same spelling, it’s pronounced Maudlin’.