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Can anyone tell me how you pronounce Calne please?

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1. Re: Pronunciation

Nearest I can get is Kawlnah, but you need to speak (or rather listen) to a native of Wultsher, as I have heard it pronounced several ways.

I always say 'Calne in Wiltshire' to distinguish it from Colne in Lancs.

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Karn

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Karn.

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It's more Kawn than Karn. As I say, listen to a native.

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You pronounce it just as it is written.

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6. Re: Pronunciation

A chap I know who comes from Witlshire pronouces it CARL-NE. So, as it's written, really.

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7. Re: Pronunciation

Other internet sources suggest:

The Pronunciation of 10,000 Proper Names: Giving Famous Geographical and Biographical Names, Names of Books, Works of Art, Characters in Fiction, Foreign Titles, Etc, 1922

Calne = kôn

The ô is as in or ( ôr) and for (f ôr)

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8. Re: Pronunciation

So, as you can see, pronounce it how you like.

:-)

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I was once at a comedy gig in Calne where the funniest bit was different members of the audience telling the compere how to pronounce it. About 15 minutes of uproar and argument, basically.

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10. Re: Pronunciation

I have lived in Norfolk and Cornwall, both of which have placenames pronounced in line with local dialect. When I'm criticised for my ignorance I ask the mickey-taker to name the capital of France.

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