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The Kent village so difficult to pronounce even the residents don’t agree

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent is blessed with a wide array of quaint and beautiful villages across the county.

Some, however, have such bizarre pronunciations that even its own residents struggle to reach a consensus on how to say them.

Step forward, the sweet village of Trottiscliffe, tucked away in West Malling.

At first glance, the pronunciation might seem relatively intuitive.

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Surely, it's just a simple, three-syllabled 'Trott-is-cliffe'?

Well, actually, no, it's pronounced 'Troz-lee'. Really.

Add into the mix that Trosley Country Park (pronounced as expected) lies nearby and you really do have a recipe for phonetic disaster.

We went down to the village to hear what residents have to say about it and they were by no means in agreement.

Trottiscliffe is one of Kent's most mispronounced villages, we took off to that part of West Malling to find out the truth

Oliver Shore, who lives with his young family in Trottiscliffe, said: "A lot of people get confused.

"At the top of the hill there was an old building called Trosley Towers and also there's Trosley Country Park up there.

Oliver Shore says the Kent village in West Malling is definitely "Trottiscliffe"

"They think this is called 'Troz-lee' but in fact it's called Trott-is-cliffe.

"So people call it 'Troz-lee' and a lot of locals actually do call it 'Troz-lee'.

Tony Lachacz, general manager of The Plough pub, said: "The village was always 'Trott-is-cliffe' and the local family was Trosley, so there's Trosley Court and there was Trosley Tower.

Tony Lachacz says he changes the way he pronounces the village, depending on who he talks to

"If you lived down here you're a Troslite and because you're in the remit of the Trosleys, and because it's part of the Trosleys, they took it up.

"It's a badge of pride: 'yes we're Troslites'.

"So, some people come in and think it's 'Troz-lee, because it's always been pronounced 'Troz-lee' in generations.

"But traditionally it was 'Trott-is-cliffe'.

Another resident, named Tony, moved to the area 15 months ago and says he pronounces the Kent village as both 'Trott-is-cliffe' and as 'Troz-lee'.

Trottiscliffe is one of Kent's most mispronounced villages, we took off to that part of West Malling to find out the truth

He said: "I pronounce it 'Trott-is-cliffe' to the people that are pronouncing 'Trott-is-cliffe', and I pronounce it 'Troz-lee' to those who pronounce it 'Troz-lee'.

"I think the general consensus is 'Troz-lee'. You will get a pretty much even split throughout the village.

"I think they think it's some sort of social catch to mispronounce it.

"It shows that they're in the know, whilst those outside would call it 'Trott-is-cliffe, because they don't know."

Has that cleared it all up? Us neither.

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