I get annoyed with the misuse of to and too. Can't get annoyed with anskyber as he got it right.(O:! Don't know why i get annoyed at silly things like that, as it's not as if i'm academic,don't make lots of speeling and other mistakes myself. Ineed a life. Maybe it's because to and too are the only things i can spell right.
I was born a Shropshire lad. For a while the county reverted to Salop (Salopia). Then a few decades back renamed itself Shropshire. I guess 50% of Salopians still argue with the other 50% over the pronunciation of the county town Shroozbury or Shrowzbury.
that the 'shire' part of Lancashire should rhyme with 'tyre' are you? If you are, you're going to be in a minority, I feel. The common pronunciation is 'Lancasheer' or 'Lancasher' and has been as long as I can remember.
Salop is a very old abbreviation for Shropshire, and in times past was widely used on envelopes. It actually comes from the anglo-French word 'Salopesberia', and as you say, people who come from Shropshire are referred to as Salopians.
Well I know very few people indeed who would say Gloucestershire over Gloucestersheer for example. As I am at uni I am exposed to lots and lots of different accents and nearly everyone says 'sheer. Personally I think people say it because it allows the word to flow more smoothly.
Strangely though if I speak normally (which apparently is a 'posh' accent)I say 'sheer', but in gloucester speak I'd say 'shire'... so maybe it's just down to accent.
Anyway, people who say 'lieutenant' in an american way instead of 'leftenant' annoy me!