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23 July 2006 at 3:44pm | IP Logged 
An English friend at school had told me the famous 'Worcestershire sauce' was actually pronounced 'Wuh:ster sauce'. I just heard an American food writer pronounce it 'Wuh:stershire sauce' and wonder, are there several native pronunciation of this word? Thanks!
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23 July 2006 at 3:54pm | IP Logged 
The sauce we buy is labelled "Worcester Sauce". So perhaps that goes some way to helping.
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23 July 2006 at 3:58pm | IP Logged 
The English county and the bottle of sauce are called 'Wuh:stershire' but the town is 'Wuh:ster'.
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23 July 2006 at 4:00pm | IP Logged 
Your English friend was likely saying "Worcester" as that's a variant to it. I assume most pronounce it as the IPA from Wikipedia says ˈwʊs.təˌʃə/;, or Woohstuhshuh (double oo like as in the word "took"). Of course I've also heard the word slaughtered as well making it the most unpronounceable sauce in my opinion.
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23 July 2006 at 4:01pm | IP Logged 
Although the pronunciation of your friend is the correct one, I learned "worchestershistershire sauce" which may have just been a comical tongue twister. It was shorted to "worchestershire sauce". If you want to sound educated, don't choose either of these two pronunciations.
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23 July 2006 at 4:35pm | IP Logged 
Encarta says Worcester sauce is just a UK variant of Worcestershire sauce. So your friend was pronouncing the first version of the sauce. It would be quite frightening to see 5 letters (shire) reduced to silence.
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23 July 2006 at 4:47pm | IP Logged 
victor wrote:
Encarta says Worcester sauce is just a UK variant of Worcestershire sauce. So your friend was pronouncing the first version of the sauce. It would be quite frightening to see 5 letters (shire) reduced to silence.

Victor, I think you nailed it down, I was looking at my bottle and his at his, and just assumed he was pronouncing the label on my bottle.

On our bottles (Switzerland) it says Worcestershire sauce but he really pronounced it wuhster. Now I'm wondering, he also told me to say Lehster Square for Leicester Square, is this true?

I always reasoned that the British came up with these tricky pronunciations to catch German spies who would try to pose as Britons!

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Lehster is the correct pronunciation of Leicester. That'd probably be the least of your pronunciation problems if you were driving through Britain!


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