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Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« on: December 04, 2012, 09:59:09 AM »
I believe this was a thread some years ago.  It might be fun to start it up again. It also might relieve a bit of holiday stress.

In Brooklyn, we have a Force Tube Avenue.

The Bronx has a Featherbed Lane. 

New Jersey has places named Peapack and Cheesequake.

One of my favorites is an archaeological site in England named Wetwang Slack. 

There have to be many more goodies out there.  Let's share them.

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 01:10:50 PM »
Texas is ripe with odd town names. We have a little town name Raisin which is just about that big- my joke is that the city limit signs are back to back on the same pole! There's Cut & Shoot (aptly named), Happy, and Turkey...and those are just a few.  ;D
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2012, 05:00:32 PM »
South Carolina has Ninety Six, North, and Due West.  North, South Carolina amuses me.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012, 05:11:40 PM »
I'm fond of Slack's Creek in Queensland Australia.

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2012, 05:41:34 PM »
Sometimes in the summer I attend concerts at a venue on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Massachusetts.

I also am a big fan of Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 12:44:47 AM »
I'm not sure if the filter is going to let this one pass. Let's try. In Littleton, Colorado, there's a "Donkey Hill."

And when we were looking for houses, I found a beautiful one on Prairie Goat Way and I said I didn't want to live there because I didn't want to have to try to explain that street name every time I gave my address.

ETA: the filter did, in fact, change it. It's Jack *something* Hill.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 01:24:49 AM »
Arab, Alabama.  Pronounced AY-rab.  Also Muscle Shoals, which indeed does have a lot of mussels but apparently not a lot of people who know the difference between "muscle" and "mussel."  (To be fair, the etymology is in dispute, but I think the misspelling origin is more plausible than "I guess the river looks a bit like a bicep.")

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 02:30:38 AM »
Just across the border from me is a place called "Temperance River", named so because it is the only river along that stretch of the Lake without a "sand bar" at it's mouth.

Yeh, sorry.  ::)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperance_River_State_Park
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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2012, 06:41:07 AM »
Sometimes in the summer I attend concerts at a venue on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Massachusetts.
Is that the one which means, in the original language, "You fish on that side, I'll fish on this side, and nobody will fish in the middle"?  Or maybe someone was being fanciful there !

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 06:57:55 AM »
Frog Level, VA.

Climax, NC.

Withlacoochee river in FL.



After reading Slarti's post, Sweet Home Alabama popped in my head. ;D

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2012, 04:22:07 PM »
Being at a bit of a loose end: am latching on to the topic of wildly-long place names.  Here in the UK, we have a classic of such, in Wales:  the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – which outstrips length-wise, the lake in Massachusetts mentioned earlier in this thread.

Honesty compels admitting that this name is reputedly not fully true-bill, although it entirely has a full meaning in the Welsh language: the village’s original name was just Llanfairpwllgwyngyll;  the rest was added on as a satire on “tiny Welsh villages with hugely-long Welsh names”, plus as a publicity stunt (including the village’s having a station on a rail route – thus from then on, the oddity of “the longest-named railway station in the world”).

I understand that there’s a place in New Zealand, the length of whose name makes both the Massachusetts lake and the Welsh village, look brief and terse by comparison; but I’ll leave the details of same, to New Zealand participants on the board.



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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2012, 04:31:23 PM »
And how does one pronounce "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll"?

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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2012, 04:58:11 PM »
And how does one pronounce "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll"?

According to some of the parents in the Baby Names thread, it is pronounced 'Bob'. ;)
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2012, 05:12:29 PM »
Or -- Google "Welsh pronunciation". I'm English -- any attempted "pointers" from me, would probably hinder rather than help.

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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2012, 05:20:58 PM »
And how does one pronounce "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll"?

According to some of the parents in the Baby Names thread, it is pronounced 'Bob'. ;)

Yes! When we were looking for baby names, I found one that was spelled Meadghbh. My friend told me it would be pronounced something like "Mave." But DH and I still joke that we missed the boat on naming our daughter Meed Guh Buh.