John Betjeman famously wrote
Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
Such is the history of the English language and geography, that for non-native speakers – like Americans* – it would not be immediately obvious how to pronounce ‘Slough’, though the next line’s rhyme –
It isn’t fit for humans now,
would demonstrate it
However, if he had written
I’ve had just about enough
they would be none the wiser. Of course he could have used
Your belching chimneys make me cough
and it would have still looked right, though I can not imagine how it would rhyme with
It is a God forsaken borough
Though (look another one) this would have let him go on to
You are not as fine as Edinburgh
to really confuse things. Or maybe the second line could be
You’re roads have become really slow.
We are of course talking about the language where we have ‘mouse’/’mice’ but the plural of ‘house” is not ‘hice’, and the singular of ‘dice’ is not ‘douce’.
Listening to an American saying ‘Worcestershire Sauce’ is one of the great maddening pleasures of life.