I’m doing an audiobook project and one of the lines in the work I’m reading is:
“I was born at Swanmoor, Hants, England…”
I’m aware that “Hants” is an abbreviation for “Hampshire,” but how would one read that line? Would you read it as it is written (that is, “I was born at Swanmoor, Hants, England”) or would you read it substituting the full name for the abbreviation (which would be, “I was born at Swanmoor, Hampshire, England”)?
And if it is the latter, how would one pronounce “Hampshire”? Is it “Hampshy-er,” or “Hampsheer”?
Note that while the narrator may have been born in England, he moved to Canada at a very early age. The book is thus set in Canada, and requires a southern Ontario accent, very similar to that of the American Midwest. Which I have, so I’m okay there.
But I have no idea what to do about pronouncing “Hants.” Can any English Dopers help?