How do you correctly pronounce the town name Worchestershire?


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The word "Worcestershire" is correctly pronounced as a three-syllable word with the accent on the first syllable, voiced phonetically as follows: WOOS-ter-shur. Of British origin and featuring a silent "r," the word is often mispronounced by Americans.

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Worcestershire is a county in western England, and the county town is Worcester. The name also lends itself to Worcestershire sauce, a liquid condiment first popularized by the Worcester-based company Lea & Perrins in 1838. The sauce typically contains a mixture of vinegar (either malt vinegar or distilled white vinegar), molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, onions and garlic. Worcester, Massachusetts, is named after the English town.

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