I was playing Monopoly the other day (haven't played for some time) and I bought Leicester Square. However, everytime someone landed on my block, I was unsure as to its pronunciation. So far I've heard two:

Lei-ses-ter Square
Lei-ches-ter Square

Which is the correct pronunciation?

  • Is this a British version of Monopoly? The American one doesn't have any place named Leicester Square. Commented May 17, 2011 at 13:25
  • Original, apparently.
    – Thursagen
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 22:42
  • And the hardest block to pronounce on the American one is Reading Railroad. Commented Nov 9, 2014 at 0:07

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  • Totally amazing! Since you live in England, have you ever been to Leicester Square?
    – Thursagen
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 8:31
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    Oh, yes, I understand the pronounciation for that. You see, in Australia, I live near a suburb called Berwick, pronounced Ber-ick
    – Thursagen
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 8:36
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    Americans asking for directions to "Lei-ses-ter/Lei-ches-ter Square" are a bit of a London tourist stereotype. Especially if they're at Covent Garden and are trying to get there on the Tube.
    – e100
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 12:58
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    And let's not forget my personal favourite, Towcester, pronounced "Toaster".
    – Christi
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 8:40
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    (To provide context to e100's comment about the tube, Leicester Square and Covent Garden stations are 100 yards apart; it's quicker to travel between them above ground.) Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 20:41

As I am from the City Leicester I would pronounce it as "LEST-TER"

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    Would you really pronounce T twice?
    – Ed Guiness
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 14:05

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