Strange place names
There are many villages. towns and cities around the world with strange names for example Little piddle in Dorset England, are there any strange or funny place names near where you live?
Cumdivock its a little village near Dalston here in Cumbria always makes me laugh
Cummersdale a small village outside of Carlisle another good place
There are many funny named villages around Yorkshire. I wonder what the people were thinking when they came up with the names. On the side it would be sad to see any of the names changed in anyway.
I live near a small island that is called Snake, or Culebra, in Spanish... Beautiful beaches with no snakes! You can read more about it here!
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I'm from Thailand and we have a group of islands called Phi Phi (pronounced pee pee) Island
Los Banos, Ca.,
I think it translates to one bathroom. The story goes that it was built in the middle of nowhere and it had the only bathroom around for miles and miles.
They're not near me, but Blue Balls, and Intercourse, PA, USA, have always caught my attention.
There is a town in my state called "Boring," Oregon! Can you imagine living there? LOL!
Interesting will keep an eye in future and see if I can come across interesting names which have unique meaning when translated in English
Blue Bell, PA, Horseheads, NY, and Painted Post, NY, but ranking right at the top of strange names for towns would be Intercourse, PA. Also Fishkill, NY or Muscle Shoals, AL.
My dear old English professor was a world expert in place name etymology and would teach us all the saucy origins of place names, including this once very popular street name in the Middle Ages - if you have a Grape Lane near you, this is where it originates from.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gropecunt_Lane
well I live only about 2 hours away by car from Lancaster County PA which is Pennsylvania Dutch country and has some pretty hilarious place names to wit: There is a town called Intercourse there which is only about 10 miles from another town called Paradise-- I've always wondered what it would be like to say you lived " somewhere between intercourse and paradise" -- then there is a nearby town called " Bird-in-hand" and another one called " Blueball" and I think I will quit while I am ahead with the names.
This is Amish and Mennonite country and the farms and the people are so charming and seem so innocent it has always made the place names seem doubly silly. Not sure what the origins of the names are but I have actually visited all these places and you can find them on a map.
some funny answers here i love it lol here is one from New zealand and one from Wales.
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (new zealand)
I grew up in Boring, Oregon. It's not so bad. This small town has three bars and a golf course. Not so boring. It was named after a man whose last name was Boring. The Boring family still lives there.
On a side note. I once saw Don Rickles in Las Vegas. During the show, he asked me where I was from and I made the mistake of telling him. He had a blast with that one.
Pen Island. Probably the weirdest and funniest names I've ever heard of.
There is a place in Cornwall pronounced as HELL - puts a new dimension by telling someone to go to hell, eh?
There is a small village called Foul End near the Clent Hills, England.
how about Turkey Texas? That seems a little odd to me, when I first heard it I thought they were kidding me, but I know people from that little rural town in dusty went Texas. West Texas is kind of a country in itself....
A couple of my favourites are the villages of Ugley and Matching Tye, both of which are foung in Essex.
Toad Suck, Arkansas. For real!
According to the website! it was so named during the steam boat days. Boats would have to dock while the river was too low at that particular part of the river. The passengers would disembark and visit the local tavern where they were known to "suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.”
I had a dream one day. I was about waking up when a voice asked me not to forget her name and address. She announced: Linquanteen Queen, No. 9 Gate Prest, Chirrella.
After googling few days later, I found there is a city called by that name. So strange!
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