Worcestershire Sauce

Jim   Monday, March 15, 2004, 23:31 GMT
It was probably pronounced that way hundreds of years ago like, for example, "right" where the "gh" once represented a consonant.
thobe   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 02:47 GMT
its just "wuster" you dont say the shire.
mjd   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 02:59 GMT
I say "wuss-tuh-sheer".
Jack   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 03:57 GMT
Might be the original pronununciation but saying it as [we:rsest..rshai..r] makes too long of a word.
Antonio   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 12:28 GMT

The main stress fell on the first syllable. <wAr>
Simon   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 13:03 GMT

Syllable One: worce. How would you pronounce that in isolation?

Syllablle Two: ster. Same question but consider that's unstressed, like in hamster.

Syllable Three: In BE this rhymes with SHEAR if it's an element in a word and rhymes with tire if it stands alone. Of course it's the first then.

Put the three syllables together.

Hey presto!
Harbinger   Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 20:00 GMT
Sorry Simon, but 'shire' rarely rhymes with 'beer' in British English. Trust me, it's my first language and I live in the English Midlands, not far from Worcestershire. Worcestershire has only three syllables: wuss-ter-sher. You never hear anybody in Britain say wuss-ter-she-ar-sauce. Unless they are Yanks.
Simon   Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 08:34 GMT
YORK shear. That's how I pronounce it.
Harbinger   Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 09:00 GMT
Are you from up north or something? In the Midlands we say wuss-ter-sher, york-sher, bu-king-em-sher, les-ter-sher, no-ting-em-sher, etc.