Saturday, August 4, 2012

Unusual Names of Places

These places are named after some of the most absurd words in the English language.

1) Fucking (German pronunciation, [ˈfʊkɪŋ]) in Austria, for example, has suffered road-signs theft by tourists for years until they were modified to be theft-resistant in 2005.
Image: en.wikipedia.org
This village of 104 has been through a number of name changes:

It is first recorded in historical sources with the spelling as Vucchingen in 1070, Fukching in 1303, Fugkhing in 1532, and in the modern spelling Fucking in the 18th century, which is pronounced with the vowel oo as in book.--wikipedia.
Of course, there are other places that possess similar if not more miserable names.

1) Dull is a village of 84 in Scotland.
84! I have more people in my department than the entire village of Dull.

2) Boring is a town in Oregon, USA that boasts a population of 8000.
Image: en.wikipedia.org
The town slogan is "The most exciting place to live."
In June 2012, the Boring Community Planning Organization accepted the proposal of Dull, Scotland to "pair" their municipalities, in an effort to promote tourism in both places as a play on their names. So now they are jointly called "Dull and Boring".

3) Anus is a village 150km south of Paris.
I tried google for this place but there wasn't any, and I was bombarded by porn sites instead. And some surprisingly funny results.

4) Damboring, western Australia.
Couldn't find any info about this place neither.

5) Hell is a village in Norway.
The postal designation is Hell, No. Now that's VERY funny.
The 1.48-square-kilometer village has a population of 1418. The name Hell stems from the Old Norse word hellir, which means "overhang" or "cliff cave". The Norwegian word hell in its everyday usage usually means "luck".
Image: en.wikipedia.org
It must be really funny to hear tourists asking "Excuse me, where is the road to Hell?"

6) Dildo is a town in Canada.
Image: en.wikipedia.org
No one knows how the name came about. The name is so absurd there were several campaigns held in the 20th century to change the name, though they all failed. Those who voted against the changes had an impeccable sense of humor.

7)Twatt, Shetland, Scotland

The name originates from the Old Norse þveit, meaning 'small parcel of land'. 
The name is similar to the common English expletive "Twat," (a vulgar word for vulva). For this reason, Twatt remains a source of amusement to people from outside the parish.


8) Bird-in-HandPennsylvania, USA.
Another delightful community in Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1734 and according to legend; 
two road surveyors discussed whether they should stay at their present location or go on to the town of Lancaster. One of them supposedly said, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," which means it is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than the mere potential of a greater one; and so they stayed--wikipedia.

9) Condom (French pronunciation, [kɔ̃dɔ̃]) is a commune in southwestern France.
The town houses a museum of famous population-controlling devices.

10) Intercourse is a village in Pennsylvania, USA.
Image: en.wikipedia.org
Like Fucking, Austria, the sign posts are often targeted by thieves.
The word 'intercourse' was commonly used to describe the 'fellowship' and 'social interaction and support' shared in the community of faith, which was much a part of a rural village like this one --wikipedia.
Very religious indeed.


Malcolm
info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucking,_Austria
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/06/dull-and-boring-scottish-village
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Norway
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condom,_Gers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twatt,_Shetland

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