Work of Artifice posted:
you missed out my favourite - salop.
Forgive my ignorance, but what's salop?
lol! As a Salopian myself, here's why Shropshire can be known as Salop, courtesy of Wikipedia:
The origin of the name "Shropshire" is the Old English "Scrobbesbyrigscîr" (literally Shrewsburyshire). It is also possible that it took its name from Richard FitzScrob (or Scrope), the builder of Richard's Castle near what is now the town of Ludlow. However, the Normans who ruled England after 1066 found both "Scrobbesbyrig" and "Scrobbesbyrigscir" difficult to pronounce so they softened them to "Salopesberia" and "Salopescira". Salop is the abbreviation of these.