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Pronunciation (and I know this is trivial but, as a Silhillian, it irritates me) of Solihull..

Discussion in 'Personal' started by inky, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I've been told off for calling my home town SO - as in sow -- lihull.. Apparently, it's Sol -- as in soll - ihull.

    Just so that you know. It's sow, not soll.
  2. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    We're very flexible here. You can say SOLihull or SolIHULL. But Sollihull is just wrong.
  3. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Okay, but you were seen as the posh people, hence our pronunciation. Also I think you have to accept that others say it differently. I, for one, am never going to say Newcastle how the people of Newcastle do! Just like it's Paris and not Pareee.
  4. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    So as in sew perhaps
  5. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Oops just re read your post. Yes Sow, not Soll.!!!!
  6. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Are you saying that calling it sollihull was an act of inverted snobbery? Sorry, but that's a load of old tripe.
  7. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Oops: seems like some wires were crossed!

  8. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    Another option might be to never talk about Solihull.
  9. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Is that 'sow' as in female pig or 'sow' as in spreading what we will later reap?
  10. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    As somebody who finds Solihull in my way to get at B/Ham (not in a disliking sort of way) and being of posh birth coming from daawn souff and living in the leafy shires, we pronounce it as Sow, rhymes with blow.

    My OH, coming from the mysterious lands Norf of B/Ham some where, and I, have constant battles over how to pronounce "bath" and "laugh". She just can't get it right, but I still love her!
  11. cariadwch

    cariadwch Established commenter

    If anyone from Solihull, Birmingham ever goes there
    Ynysybwl is pronounced Un-is-uh-bull
    Just so you know like
  12. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    It is the birthplace of Britain's most important cars
  13. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I would say Solly-hull. I can't work out what Inky wants it to be.
    I almost got the Welsh one right. How do you decide what the y will sound like?
  14. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Certainly when I was growing up nearby I called it Sowlihull and that was how all us locals pronounced it. Now, I'm not sure but i think i sometimes call it Sollihull depending on how the person I'm talking to pronounces it. Nearly went there yesterday but went to Leamington instead. Lovely morning.
    Do we want to discuss scones :) ( sconns) Maybe not.
    Lascarina likes this.
  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Soll - i - hull. Soll Soll Soll!

    Shr ohhh z bree (never Shrewz bree).

    So lee hull (so as in 'so what') - that's what inky advocates @Flere-Imsaho
  16. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Look! ROYAL Leamington SPA, if you please! But glad you had a lovely morning all the same.
  17. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Me too
    I am also a "foreigner" (but not posh at all :))
  18. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  19. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    To avoid argument you just say the following: "Shall we go to Touchwood?"

    (For the uninitiated? Touchwood is the shopping complex in Solly-hull. This is where you find John Lewis. Consequently you don't have to mention the name of the town at all.)
  20. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    But is that pronounced Tutch-would, Towch-wud, etc.

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