Burning Questions: How should Greenwich be pronounced?

This Is Local London: How do you think the place name Greenwich should be pronounced? How do you think the place name Greenwich should be pronounced?

THE place name Greenwich is an easy one to spell, but it seems there are multiple ways to say it.

A quick check on Twitter yesterday revealed several different styles people have for pronouncing it, including Grin-idge, Grin-itch and Gren-idge.

So, extending the question to here for today, we’d like to know how you say the word Greenwich and also whether there is a pronunciation which is more ‘right’ than others. Were you brought up in Greenwich – if so, what’s the proper local way to pronounce it?

Please, nobody suggest Green-witch or Green-wick because despite how the word is spelt those ways are definitely wrong when we're talking about Greenwich in south-east London!

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7:53am Wed 22 Jan 14

Virtual-Monster says...

The best pronunciation of Greenwich I have ever heard was by an American tourist who I heard say "I feel so welcome in Sh!tpit".

I couldn't have put it any better myself!
The best pronunciation of Greenwich I have ever heard was by an American tourist who I heard say "I feel so welcome in Sh!tpit". I couldn't have put it any better myself! Virtual-Monster

9:50am Wed 22 Jan 14

goldenbroomboy says...

How about Plaistow?

I have always understand that "our" Plaistow should be pronounced "Plass-tow" as opposed to the other one which is prounounced "Plar-stow". Yet the automated voice on the bus pronounces it as "Play-stow" which I have never heard elsewhere.

Obviously some Londoner trying to sounding poesh..
How about Plaistow? I have always understand that "our" Plaistow should be pronounced "Plass-tow" as opposed to the other one which is prounounced "Plar-stow". Yet the automated voice on the bus pronounces it as "Play-stow" which I have never heard elsewhere. Obviously some Londoner trying to sounding poesh.. goldenbroomboy

1:57pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Bob Goulding says...

Born and bred in the borough, with long standing family ties, there is no doubt that the correct pronunciation is ‘Grin-idge’. However, I’m happy to accept ‘Grin-itch’ as most people (including me) would not notice the difference in every-day conversation.
Born and bred in the borough, with long standing family ties, there is no doubt that the correct pronunciation is ‘Grin-idge’. However, I’m happy to accept ‘Grin-itch’ as most people (including me) would not notice the difference in every-day conversation. Bob Goulding

2:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Bob Goulding says...

Bob Goulding wrote:
Born and bred in the borough, with long standing family ties, there is no doubt that the correct pronunciation is ‘Grin-idge’. However, I’m happy to accept ‘Grin-itch’ as most people (including me) would not notice the difference in every-day conversation.
Actually 'Grin-ich' would also be acceptable.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Goulding[/bold] wrote: Born and bred in the borough, with long standing family ties, there is no doubt that the correct pronunciation is ‘Grin-idge’. However, I’m happy to accept ‘Grin-itch’ as most people (including me) would not notice the difference in every-day conversation.[/p][/quote]Actually 'Grin-ich' would also be acceptable. Bob Goulding

4:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

You can always tell who is a proper South London local, because they say
"grin- itch" or "grin-idge"

All the rest of the world can say it how they like.
You can always tell who is a proper South London local, because they say "grin- itch" or "grin-idge" All the rest of the world can say it how they like. The Fozziest of Bears

4:31pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Bob Goulding says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
You can always tell who is a proper South London local, because they say
"grin- itch" or "grin-idge"

All the rest of the world can say it how they like.
Yes, and live in blissful ignorance.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: You can always tell who is a proper South London local, because they say "grin- itch" or "grin-idge" All the rest of the world can say it how they like.[/p][/quote]Yes, and live in blissful ignorance. Bob Goulding

5:50pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Linja says...

It was always GRINNIDGE until people on TV decided in 1999 leading up to the Millenium that it was GRENNIICH as in the way the Amercians pronounce GRENNICH VILLAGE in NY.
So we in London want it back to GRINNIDGE please.
It was always GRINNIDGE until people on TV decided in 1999 leading up to the Millenium that it was GRENNIICH as in the way the Amercians pronounce GRENNICH VILLAGE in NY. So we in London want it back to GRINNIDGE please. Linja

6:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

mouthalmighty says...

Grin-idge all the way for me. That is until the film the Grinch came out. I can't help it. Its so the same to me.
Grin-idge all the way for me. That is until the film the Grinch came out. I can't help it. Its so the same to me. mouthalmighty

10:56pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Harold_Monk says...

It's Grin-idge, innit mate?
It's Grin-idge, innit mate? Harold_Monk

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