Scousers are famous for basically having their own language of works and phrases - but it appears even some of our place names are tricky for outsiders to master.

Whether it's unusual pronunciations, silent letters or a mix of letters, there are a few areas on Merseyside that commonly trip people up.

If you've ever put your address into a sat nav or had it read out over the phone from a call centre, chances are you'll know what we mean.

It's not a really a problem for people living and working on Merseyside, but for people from elsewhere it can be a bit tricky.

We came up with the eight places that are most commonly mispronounced - as well as how you should really be saying them.

Aigburth (pronounced Egg-burth)

Lark Lane. Photo by Colin Lane

People from outside Liverpool sometimes pronounce this one as 'Ah-ig-burth', which is just all kinds of wrong.

The 'aig' at the start of this L17 and L19 area is actually pronounced 'egg', which can trip people up if they've never seen it before.


Claughton (pronounced Claw-ton)

Over the water in Birkenhead, this one can confuse people who get caught out by the 'augh' sound in the middle.

It's 'Claw-ton', simple as.

Fazakerley (pronounced Faz-ak-er-lee)

City of Liverpool, Fazakerley

This one absolutely blows people's minds if they're not from Merseyside - maybe it's something to do with the Z and K thrown in there together.

People often need to take a bit of a run-up to try and pronounce this one, or give it two attempts before they land on the right one.

We've had work experience students from across the country come into the ECHO offices and be utterly baffled.


Gateacre (pronounced Gat-ah-ker)

The mispronunciation of this one is actually pretty understandable - with 'gate' and 'acre' both in there making it a minefield for non-Scousers.

Gateacre isn't a 'pronounce it as you see it' area of Merseyside and is actually pronounced 'Gat-ah-ker', much to the confusion of anyone not from here.

Huyton (pronounced High-ton)

Huyton Town Centre sign.

This one seems really obvious when you're from here, but it trips a lot of people up.

Trying to pronounce the 'y' in this is a road to disaster - ignore it, act like it's not there, don't even think about it.

Kirkby (pronounced Kir-bee)

If we had a quid for every time we'd heard someone call it 'Kirk-bee'.

The second K is silent. That is all.

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Maghull (pronounced Mag-ull)

Another silent letter minefield. It's 'Mag-ull' not 'Mag-hull'.

You'd have no reason to know this if you weren't from Merseyside, but we'll still judge you if you get it wrong. 

Saughall Massie (pronounced Saw-gull Mass-ee)

To be fair, this one's even had people from Liverpool off.

The village, which is bordered by Greasby and Upton, is a mispronunciation nightmare that can definitely trip people up.