That it is in fact spelt Worcester. :)
You see, when you have place names that are perhaps over a thousand years old, contractions tend to occur. It happens in the States but not in the same way: most people know what you mean when you talk about going to el-ay to make a film.
The beauty of British English is that unless you know how something is pronounced, you can never be sure. Worcester, Gloucester, and then Cirencester.
But of course you miss out Edinburgh (Edinbru), Middlesborough (Middlesbru), Greenwich (Grenitch), and all those lovely little villages and towns ending in 'ham', which is of course a contraction of hamlet. Westerham: It's not West-er-ham, it's Westerum.
Just interested how you would pronounce Llanelli? (Clue: It's a Welsh town.)
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