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Town top for being misspelt.

Byline: LUCY LYNCH News Reporter

FANCY A hotel stay in Noneaton? Or maybe you'd like to stop off in Warrick? Both locations have just been named in a list of the top 50 places spelt incorrectly by people trying to book hotels.

As well as Nuneaton and Warwick, Rugby is also often misspelt as Rugbie when people go online to book a night in a Travelodge hotel.

Warwick is at number 10 on the list of places most often wrongly spelt while Nuneaton is at number 47 and Rugby at number 50.

Out of more than a million visits to the company's website to book hotels in 514 UK locations a fifth of place names are wrongly spelt.

The company has had to add a function on its website to help correct misspelt names.

Travelodge spokesman Shakila Ahmed said: "The reason for this could be speed of typing or it's more likely to be that people are spelling a location as they think it's pronounced.

"Some place names may be a preservation of an old spelling that made sense at the time the place was named but has little bearing on life today. The spellings could represent a pronunciation from any century from 1066 onwards." At number one in the list is Edinburgh often spelt Edinboro, Edinburg or Edinbough and number two is London, which people sometimes spell as Landan, Londan, Loodon. At number three is west country holiday destination Torquay sometimes spelt as Tourkey or Tourkie.

Bath gets spelt as Barth or Barff and the Yorkshire town of Keighley becomes Keithly.

The origins of Nuneaton were in a Saxon farmstead. By the early middle ages it was called Etone which comes from the old English word for farmstead tun.

In the 12th century there was a benedictine nunnery in the town and the word nun was added to the beginning of the name. Warwick comes from old English as well.

The old English word wering, which means river dam and the old English fword wic which means settlement combined to make the name of the town. Until 1600 spelling wasn't standardised. It was common to see places names spelt in lots of different ways until a single spelling was chosen for each place.


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 15, 2016
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