OK, what's up with this? This is a spin-off thread from the Tennis Pet Peeves thread. It irks me so much that I thought it deserved its own special spot in the sun. Clearly, the town and tournament is called Wimbledon but I have noticed that a lot of americans say Wimbleton - normally it is folks that are not really tennis fans and probably only say the word a few times a year.
I'm not sure, but I think people say it because it "sounds more british". There are more words that end with ton - like huffington, worthington, singleton, simpleton... Just remember this helpful rhyme: A simpleton says Wimbleton. :-)
You know who actually says it? and has no excuses? Nick Bolleteri!
This is too funny. For a while, I thought I was hearing things (the "ton") when I hear a few of my friends pronounced it. It kinda made me cringe. So, I was not hearing things, many people do say "Wimbleton".
Americans could never speak our language properly so I can understand they may get the simplest of words wrong!
I dont know anyone here in UK who says, "have you seen that film Philadeltia" or sing that song "New Cork, New Cork" or even supports the Cincinnati Bengums!