English Town Has Extra ‘K’ for Sale

One of the things I love best about England is how many place names aren’t pronounced the way they appear.

Take, for instance, the name of the town referenced in the title of this post. My friend was driving along the other day and I noted the name of a town called Kirkby-Lonsdale. So I asked aloud how far it was to Kirkby-Lonsdale, pronouncing it exactly as you see it. “Kirby,” my friend replied. “Huh?” I was confused, thinking I’d misread the sign. Next time I saw it, I read carefully. Nope. Second K still there. So Kirkby is pronounced Kirby. Now what are those selfish people hoarding the extra K for???