How is "Wigan" pronounced?
('wIg@n)? ("WIG un"?)
('waIg@n)? ("WHY gun"?)
('WIn)? ("WIN"?)
Something else?
(Wigan, together with Sunderland and Ipswich, will be promoted to the English Premiership Football League for the 2005/2006 season.)
Given the love of the English for contracting place names (e.g., "Wooster" for Worcester? "Bum" for Buckingham?), I suppose Ipswich could be pronounced "Itch".
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Given the love of the English for contracting place names (e.g., "Wooster" for Worcester? "Bum" for Buckingham?),

How do they pronounce "Cumbria"? Where's Ron?
How is "Wigan" pronounced? ('wIg@n)? ("WIG un"?)

Close enough. If you ever hear a character in a carry-on film talking about a "big'n" - that rhymes with Wigan.

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How is "Wigan" pronounced? ('wIg@n)? ("WIG un"?)

Close enough. If you ever hear a character in a carry-on film talking about a "big'n" - that rhymes with Wigan.

"Wigan has a pier. Why shouldn't Wootton Bassett?" Derek Griffin.

Lars Eighner (Email Removed) http://www.larseighner.com / In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki
How is "Wigan" pronounced? ('wIg@n)? ("WIG un"?) ('waIg@n)? ("WHY gun"?) ('WIn)? ("WIN"?) Something else? (Wigan, together with Sunderland and ... the English for contracting place names (e.g., "Wooster" for Worcester? "Bum" for Buckingham?), I suppose Ipswich could be pronounced "Itch".

You can scratch that. It is much more like "Ips-witch".

Peter Duncanson
UK (posting from a.u.e)
Given the love of the English for contracting place names (e.g., "Wooster" for Worcester? "Bum" for Buckingham?), I suppose Ipswich could be pronounced "Itch".

You can scratch that. It is much more like "Ips-witch".

Really? Surely "Ipsidge" was traditional. In fact, a few genealogical websites indicate that "Ipsidge" was an alternate spelling for the Ipswich in Massachusetts. Today SFAIK the Massachusetts place is "Ips-witch"; check with Bwahston Ray. Or check with Ron.
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Given the love of the English for contracting place names (e.g., "Wooster" for Worcester? "Bum" for Buckingham?),

How do they pronounce "Cumbria"? Where's Ron?

How about "Crookham" (Northumberland)? Is it pronounced "Crum", or maybe "Cum"?.
('wIg@n)? ("WIG un"?)

" WIG'n " is the way it is spoken by the people who live there.

If you doubt it, then get a copy of Wigan's most famous (and only) singing artist: Roy Harper. His (only) album is "Come out fighting Ghengis Smith", and it has a long monoligue, in which he speaks about the sinking Wigan pier ("pier" is wiganeeze for "boardwalk").
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