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On 28 Oct 2016 at 10:55am Perplexed wrote:
I've just heard an estate agent pronounce Lewes 'loos'. I know lots of people who have lived in the area for a very long time but not heard this pronunciation. Is this a new thing? Or a very old thing? I've not been so perplexed since trying to pronounce 'Blois' road the French way (an ex-land porter told me off!)
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On 28 Oct 2016 at 11:45am Horace wrote:
The correct pronunciation is loo-ez, not loo-ess, and certainly not loos.
Philologists used to say that the name derived from the Old English word laes, meaning pasture; but the English Place Name Society are now confident that the source of the name is 'hlaew' which in Old English means a hill.
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On 28 Oct 2016 at 1:14pm William de Valence wrote:
Posh boy estate agents would say Loos I imagine. It's like the Sea Ford controversy.
Telephone marketing folk from India, Scotland and the Welsh valleys also struggle with it.
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On 29 Oct 2016 at 11:23am Kate wrote:
Yeah, I would say the estate agent in question was too thick to know how to pronounce it properly as opposed to trying to pronounce it in what he/she thought was the 'correct' or 'posh' way.
Whenever I deal with telesales people and give my address they always say 'loos' simply because they're too uneducated enough to understand that the English language is not always pronounced as it is spelt. I would hazard a guess this applies to estate agents also.


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