[Talk-GB] Pronouncing numbers of UK roads

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Fri Mar 5 16:02:58 GMT 2010


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Dave F. wrote:
> Robert (Jamie) Munro wrote:
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>> I've just opened a bug in navit about the pronunciation of UK road
>> numbers when giving directions.
>>
>> These are the rules I have worked out. Can anyone think of cases where
>> the results of these rules sound wrong?
>>
>>  * Always use a long A pronounciation - i.e. rhymes with Hay, not like
>> in cat.
>>  * Zeros are usually pronounced "Oh" (although that is possibly a matter
>> of preference)
> 
> The 'oh' has long been a bugbear of mine. 'Oh' is the phonetic of a
> letter not a numeral.

I agree that it's kind of wrong, but it is what is generally used in
road numbers, probably because it saves a syllable.

> How do your rules compare with the BBC travels announcements?

Listening to the latest report at http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/bulletins/
it all agreed with my rules, until he said: "A Ten Sixty five"

So maybe 4 digit numbers with the second digit 0 should be read as 2 halves?

Although listening to http://www.trafficradio.org.uk/
They just said "B four oh seven oh", which doesn't follow the above rule
(either way sounds right to me & I think we should have less rules, not
more).

Both stations said "A four oh four", not "A four zero four".

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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