Pronunciation, Oxford

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    Maud-Lynn not Mag-da-lin

    by barryg23 Updated May 26, 2003

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    Maud Lynn College Tower

    Oxford has some intuition-defying pronunciations. If you really want to sound like a native you'll have to say Bay-lee-ill for Balliol (college), Bod-lee-inn for Bodleian (library), Maud-Lynn for Magdalen (College & Street), Wuuster for Worcester (College).

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    Getting the word right

    by Ginaravens Written Feb 13, 2003

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    Some may snigger if you are too literal & get it wrong, but Oxford boasts a Magdalene Road, a Magdalene Street, a Magdalene college & a magdalene bridge.

    They are all pronounced Maudlin, and we appreciate anyone taking the trouble to get the name right here.

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    Strange pronunciations etc.

    by RufusFrog Written Nov 10, 2002

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    Magdalen is pronounced 'maudlin' (honest!).
    The River Cherwell is pronounced 'Charwell'.
    The River Thames is also known as the Isis.
    Call High Street, Broad Street & Turl Street (but no others) 'The High', 'The Broad' & 'The Turl' & you'll really blend in with the locals.

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