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Hampshire pronunciation

Enjoy this well-known Hampshire limerick

There was a young curate of Salisbury
Whose manners were quite Halisbury-Scalisbury
He wandered round Hampshire
Without any pampshire
Till the Vicar compelled him to Walisbury


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Salisbury, just over the county border in Wiltshire, is often known by its old name of Sarum

Hampshire, on the other hand, is frequently abbreviated in speech and writing to Hants

It may make more sense on a second reading!