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Thipu1

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #105 on: April 24, 2013, 05:43:55 PM »
You don't even want to know how my English teacher pronounced Arkansas ;)

Oh, Melle.  Enquiring minds want to know.  (Gets out a soda and puts popcorn in the microwave).

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« Reply #106 on: April 24, 2013, 06:56:56 PM »
You don't even want to know how my English teacher pronounced Arkansas ;)

Oh, Melle.  Enquiring minds want to know.  (Gets out a soda and puts popcorn in the microwave).

Yes! I imagine it will remind me of the name of the seventh planet from the Sun.

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« Reply #107 on: April 24, 2013, 09:25:02 PM »
You don't even want to know how my English teacher pronounced Arkansas ;)

Oh, Melle.  Enquiring minds want to know.  (Gets out a soda and puts popcorn in the microwave).

Did it rhyme with Kansas?   :P

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #108 on: April 25, 2013, 01:42:01 AM »
It kind of sounded like Dorothy had encountered a very stereotypical pirate in Oz. As in:

"Wherrrre ya from, matey?"
"Kansas!"
"ARRRRRR, Kansas!"

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« Reply #109 on: May 06, 2013, 05:49:15 PM »
I never found it weird because I grew up with them but in NJ we have towns called Brick & Wall. My friend from Texas finds it amusing we name towns after building materials.

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« Reply #110 on: May 06, 2013, 08:31:20 PM »
I never found it weird because I grew up with them but in NJ we have towns called Brick & Wall. My friend from Texas finds it amusing we name towns after building materials.

My favorite NJ place name is Cheesequake.  I keep thinking of a tottering Stilton. 

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« Reply #111 on: May 07, 2013, 03:15:37 AM »
It kind of sounded like Dorothy had encountered a very stereotypical pirate in Oz. As in:

"Wherrrre ya from, matey?"
"Kansas!"
"ARRRRRR, Kansas!"

With us Brits sometimes having problems with the way American place-names are pronounced: my uncle thought up a nice memory-aid for the pronunciation of Arkansas.
' The carpenter's wife wants him to listen to her, but to carry on with his work while he does; so she says to him, " 'ark an' saw".'

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #112 on: May 07, 2013, 11:22:54 AM »
We had a French lady working with us for a while.  She insisted that Illinois (Ill-in-oy) should be pronounced 'Eel-known-wah'.     

In French that was fine but Illinois isn't French.   
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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #113 on: May 07, 2013, 03:39:42 PM »
We had a French lady working with us for a while.  She insisted that Illinois (Ill-in-oy) should be pronounced 'Eel-known-wah'.     

In French that was fine but Illinois isn't French.   

That makes my head hurt. Shouldn't it be eel-een-wah? (If it was French).
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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #114 on: May 09, 2013, 01:05:00 PM »
Living in former Native American territory, we get a lot of bizarre place names.  try these on for size:

Chickasha
Muskogee
Pushmataha
Okmulgee
Wewoka
Poteau
Talequah
Watonga

And of course: Why are there no more Indians in Oklahoma?
Broken Bow
Broken Arrow
Nowata

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #115 on: May 20, 2013, 07:46:44 AM »
If anyone's interested, there's book called 'Rude Britain' that runs down a list of the top 100 rudest place names in Britain. I find it absolutely hilarious (I have the kind of sense of humour) that there are places called things like Swallow Breast. And Fingringhoe. And Titlington. And other much ruder things.

There are some truly magnificently weird village and town names dotted around Britain though, I guess from the constant mixing of languages. Two of the best - we went on holiday to Devon last year, and on the drive down we went past Queen Camel and Bishop's Nympton. I don't know what a nympton is, but it sounds painful.

ETA I can't believe nobody's mentioned Ugley yet - a very charming village not too far from where I grew up that never failed to elicit giggles on driving through.
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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #116 on: May 20, 2013, 10:33:27 AM »
I must look up that book, Dawse. 

One of my favorite rude British place names is an archaeological site named Wetwang Slack. 

Of course, there's always Foulness. 

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #117 on: May 20, 2013, 01:46:21 PM »
ETA I can't believe nobody's mentioned Ugley yet - a very charming village not too far from where I grew up that never failed to elicit giggles on driving through.

Posting, though feeling a little apprehensive about being told off for coming across as more sexist than humorous: that excellent and beneficent British voluntary undertaking the Women's Institute, has a branch in pretty well every community in the UK.  Standard practice for referring to a particular branch is, "The [name of community] Women's Institute."  However, the ladies of the village of Ugley, Essex (as mentioned by Dawse), and those of the village of Loose, in Kent; got special dispensation to call their units of the organisation: "The Women's Institute, [name of community] Branch."
 

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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #118 on: May 25, 2013, 04:09:46 PM »
In the area between Washington DC and Richmond:

Short Pump

Skin Quarter

Assawoman Creek
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Re: Place Names That Sound Funny to Others.
« Reply #119 on: May 26, 2013, 07:43:15 PM »
Castle Danger, Minnesota