“What have the Romans ever done for us?”

Did you know that many place names in England originate from Roman times? Take the Latin word ‘castra’ meaning ‘walled town’ over time developed into the modern place name ending “chester”.

Now here’s the thing, how do you pronounce places names in Britain? Even the Americans don’t always get it right – check out this vid https://youtu.be/9q7VjLVU8Ec – hilarious.

To pronounce (aussprechen), hilarious (sehr lustig)

Have a great weekend.

2 thoughts on ““What have the Romans ever done for us?”

Yes, some city names are quite challenging. But German cities aren’t any better either! Just think about Grevenbroich, Oer-Erkenschwick, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Syke, Jever (no, it’s not “wie das Land, so das JeWer” – the TV spot taught us all wrong), Cham, Soest, Laboe, Duisburg, Troisdorf, Houverath to name but a few.

Actually, I like getting to know the origin of and history behind city and family names. Can be quite interesting. E.g. Leverkusen is named after the chemist Carl Leverkus. Well, you see, the Romans don’t always have their fingers in the pie. 😉

Yep, you’re right. Me too. My home town is amusingly called ‘Deepcar’ but not because it is a deep car but ‘carr’ is old English for ‘bog’ and over the years it has dropped the second ‘r’ – much to my displeasure!!!!

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