London areas given New York names in a pathetic effort to sound cool

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    The Old Street roundabout, now referred to as Silicon Island in a pathetic attempt to make a few here-today-gone-tomorrow tech startups feel like they’re Britain’s answer to Cupertino.

    It might not be called that for much longer though as it’s about to get a pedestrianisation makeover after which it won’t be an island or roundabout at all.
  2. strung out

    strung out (",)

    They both end with the same syllable, of course they rhyme.
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  3. Both their syllables rhyme!

    This is just scon/scone again I think.
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  4. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    Not quite sure what you are about here. How about name of Houston might be from Houston in Scotland, which might just possibility have existed before Dublin stations.
    or any train stations.
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  5. moochedit

    moochedit Mr Mooched It

    I thought Houston was in Texas? :confused::hmm:
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  6. Yep, “Houston, we have a problem”
  7. prunus

    prunus Mostly gone

    The NY one is pronounced “house-ton” just to catch people out I seem to remember.

    The Texas one is hoos-ton or whose-ton depending on whether the speaker has a New England or southern accent in my experience.
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  8. I don’t know Houston in Scotland, I’m on about the one in the US pronounced Hyoo-ston with the train station pronounced yoo-ston.
  9. It’s like saying you and hue don’t rhyme.
  10. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    "They both end with the same syllable".

    Are you being deliberately a bit daft here?
  11. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    It's named after Sam Houston who led the Texas revolution (breaking from Mexico) and was the first president and later governor of the state. I believe he had Scottish ancestry.

    And it's pronounced Hyew-ston.
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  12. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    It's named after an Irish patriot (the Dublin station). Haven't a clue about the other places.
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  13. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    LA = Lower Acton?

    Broadway... Ealing?

    Man-Hatton Garden?
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  14. strung out

    strung out (",)

    "A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds (or the same sound) in two or more words, most often in the final syllables"
  15. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    There's a Fifth Avenue in Kensal Rise.


    But which came first? :hmm:
  16. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    NoGo - the area North of Goodge St up to Mornington Crescent as there’s fuck all there anyway and for the next few years it’ll be a HS2 construction zone nightmare
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  17. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    The answer prunus gave is that the NYC one is pronounced house-ton, which I never knew. I always thought it was Houston like the Texan one, which does rhyme with Euston. Fuck knows where Scotland and Dublin come into this :D
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  18. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    And it's pronounced Hyew-ston.[/QUOTE]
    Surely only a scwha?
  19. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

  20. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    One thing I've always found strange is the use of American ambulances for the private Heathrow Air Ambulance service.

    I will admit they look pretty cool but what possible benefit is there to using imported American Vehicles? I can only presume they are more expensive to ensure, maintain and run. Never mind import. Is it simply a stylistic choice? Strange anyway.

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    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018
  21. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    When the riots happened they suddenly unleashed a few hundred American style SWAT vans on the London public that no-one had ever seen before. That was weird.

    London often looks to New York - from retail to finance to property to - most things. It's the city London wants to be really.
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  22. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    I am very sorry that you don't like ordinary facts coming into this. I thought most people would be happy about bits of new facts or general knowledge.
  23. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    yeah these do look pretty American


    Though, it looks like the Met are getting last season's hand me downs when the US SWAT teams these days look like this...

  24. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Also, check out the drill act/street gang Harlem Spartans from... Kennington. :(

  25. littleseb

    littleseb littleseb

    First Avenue obvs.

  26. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    At last.
  27. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    There have been sightings of West Norwood being called WeNo
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  28. Celyn

    Celyn Well-Known Member

    Oh ye gods no! :eek:

    That is even worse than the 1980s joke about yuppies calling Streatham "St. Reatham". :D
  29. moochedit

    moochedit Mr Mooched It

    The new york one is just a street and is named after a different person to the texas one. Also the spelling was origanally different it says here:

    Why Is Houston Street Not Pronounced Like the Texas City?
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  30. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    Last weekend I heard someone jokingly say St. Ockwell - won't be long before that becomes a thing... :facepalm:
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