This blog received a visit this evening from somebody in Patchogue, NY. I'd never heard of Patchogue before; I doubt many people have; even Blogger's spell check (which is avowedly American in its view of right and wrongness) reached for the red pencil.
So then I wondered how it would be pronounced. Pa'chog maybe? Pa'choh'gee? America has a lot of places with strange names, and the rest of the world is often quite at a loss to know how they're pronounced since the convention of the originating language is usually ignored. Take Decatur and Des Moines as examples.
And this post is going absolutely nowhere so I'm going for a shower. Mistress Maddie may quote Gloucestershire by was of indignant riposte if she so wishes, although Belvoir might be even better.