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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #60 on: December 19, 2012, 11:48:41 PM »
I used to live in Biloela, Australia. Funny hearing people trying to pronounce it. The locals say 'Bill-o-wheel-a', but you would never be able to guess that from the spelling.

Then you would be familiar with the town of Banana. Great name. I used to have family there.

My all time favourite naughty sounding place name is Watanobbi on the Central Coast of NSW. It won the "most unfortunate place name in Australia" competition.

Lots of other great names in this article if you are interested
And then there's Yorkey's Knob in Cairns.

I've always had a soft spot for Mt Buggery and Mt Disappointment.

I used to live at the base of  Mt Disappointment :) 


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« Reply #61 on: December 20, 2012, 04:23:43 PM »
I used to live in Biloela, Australia. Funny hearing people trying to pronounce it. The locals say 'Bill-o-wheel-a', but you would never be able to guess that from the spelling.

Then you would be familiar with the town of Banana. Great name. I used to have family there.

My all time favourite naughty sounding place name is Watanobbi on the Central Coast of NSW. It won the "most unfortunate place name in Australia" competition.

Lots of other great names in this article if you are interested
And then there's Yorkey's Knob in Cairns.

I've always had a soft spot for Mt Buggery and Mt Disappointment.

I used to live at the base of  Mt Disappointment :)
You can only go up from there!  ;D

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« Reply #62 on: December 20, 2012, 04:30:23 PM »
I used to live at the base of  Mt Disappointment :)
You can only go up from there!  ;D

I know!  ;D It sounded like a clever way to say "The guy I was dating was a jerk and our relationship was lousy" or "I kept getting overlooked for that promotion at work."

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« Reply #63 on: December 21, 2012, 02:14:11 AM »
I used to live in Biloela, Australia. Funny hearing people trying to pronounce it. The locals say 'Bill-o-wheel-a', but you would never be able to guess that from the spelling.

Then you would be familiar with the town of Banana. Great name. I used to have family there.

My all time favourite naughty sounding place name is Watanobbi on the Central Coast of NSW. It won the "most unfortunate place name in Australia" competition.

Lots of other great names in this article if you are interested
And then there's Yorkey's Knob in Cairns.

I've always had a soft spot for Mt Buggery and Mt Disappointment.

I used to live at the base of  Mt Disappointment :)

Mt Mee near Brisbane used to get a lot of snickers when mentioned on an interstate biker forum - well, at least from the non-local crowd.  The local riders all knew where it was, and what a great bike road it was.   


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« Reply #64 on: January 11, 2013, 10:15:42 PM »
Fom my travels in Australia ( so long ago , but so many great memories ! )

Monkey Mia in Western Australia . And on the way there , branching off Shark Bay Road was this little gem :

Useless Loop Road .

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« Reply #65 on: January 12, 2013, 03:49:21 AM »
Sounds like a cousin of Needless Alley in Birmingham, England.

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« Reply #66 on: January 12, 2013, 11:27:40 PM »
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky.

Everyone has looked at clouds and seen pictures in them.  Some time in the 1800's someone looked at a map of the Ohio River with that same mindset and saw the profile of a monkey.  Monkey's Eyebrow is at the monkey's eyebrow. 

There are a large number of cities and towns in the US named after European cities, but the people who did the naming had a printed atlas and not an audio player.  Examples include:
Prauge (Prayg  -- "g" as in gutter), Nebraska
Calais ( cal iss), Maine
New Madrid (MAD rid), Missouri
Cairo (kay row), Illinois

and I'm sure there are many more.

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« Reply #67 on: January 13, 2013, 09:19:16 AM »
A classic is New York's Houston Street.  Here, it's pronounced 'House-ton'.

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« Reply #68 on: January 13, 2013, 10:29:26 AM »
In south central Texas there is a creek you cross when on a major interstate called Woman Hollering Creek.  There are a lot of varying legends ranging from the more mundane of a farm wife with strong vocal cords who'd yell for her family at dinner time to a sad story of a woman who drowned her own children to save them from a more brutal death during an attack and it is said she still haunts the creek. 

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« Reply #69 on: January 13, 2013, 10:39:48 AM »
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky.

Everyone has looked at clouds and seen pictures in them.  Some time in the 1800's someone looked at a map of the Ohio River with that same mindset and saw the profile of a monkey.  Monkey's Eyebrow is at the monkey's eyebrow. 

There are a large number of cities and towns in the US named after European cities, but the people who did the naming had a printed atlas and not an audio player.  Examples include:
Prauge (Prayg  -- "g" as in gutter), Nebraska
Calais ( cal iss), Maine
New Madrid (MAD rid), Missouri
Cairo (kay row), Illinois

and I'm sure there are many more.
There's also New Berlin (BER lin), Wisconsin

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« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2013, 03:15:52 PM »
In south central Texas there is a creek you cross when on a major interstate called Woman Hollering Creek.  There are a lot of varying legends ranging from the more mundane of a farm wife with strong vocal cords who'd yell for her family at dinner time to a sad story of a woman who drowned her own children to save them from a more brutal death during an attack and it is said she still haunts the creek. 

I always heard it was named after the La Llorona legend.
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« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2013, 03:39:31 PM »
I live near roads called Rogues Lane, and Fannybush Lane (note to US E-Hellions- it is far ruder in the UK than US!)

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« Reply #72 on: January 13, 2013, 10:23:59 PM »
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky.

Everyone has looked at clouds and seen pictures in them.  Some time in the 1800's someone looked at a map of the Ohio River with that same mindset and saw the profile of a monkey.  Monkey's Eyebrow is at the monkey's eyebrow. 

There are a large number of cities and towns in the US named after European cities, but the people who did the naming had a printed atlas and not an audio player.  Examples include:
Prauge (Prayg  -- "g" as in gutter), Nebraska
Calais ( cal iss), Maine
New Madrid (MAD rid), Missouri
Cairo (kay row), Illinois

and I'm sure there are many more.
There's also New Berlin (BER lin), Wisconsin

Detroit, Michigan which I'm told was supposed to be French and pronounced day trwah instead of dee TROYT.

I'm told that Des Plaines, IL is pronounced Dess Playnes.

And there's a Versailles in Missouri which I'm told is pronounced ver SALES.

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« Reply #73 on: January 13, 2013, 11:38:58 PM »
In Illinois we have San Jose.  It rhymes with "rose".

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« Reply #74 on: January 14, 2013, 12:49:21 PM »
Lot 16, Prince Edward Island.

My father had a friend from there, who was in the army. He got a lot of weird looks - "You live on a lot? Don't you even have a house?"
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