Durham

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The place-name Durham (in the UK, a city, a county, a diocese and a university) is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, whose vowel, at least in RP, sounds like that of 'up'. The second syllable sounds like the filler 'um', and is unstressed. So the whole sounds like 'DURR-em' IPA: /'dʌ rəm/.

The abbreviation in academic circles for Durham is dunelm - see Latin abbreviations for English place-names.
  • There are many other places in other countries called Durham. As with so many place-names in the UK, this is to do with the outward expansion of British settlement from the sixteenth century. AWE is not aware how any of these are pronounced.
    • Durham is also used as a surname.