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Postby Staenwald » Mon May 30, 2011 5:25 am

Laerod wrote:The town of Kotzen has the unfortunate honor of having a name that is German for "to barf":

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Postby Hypparchia » Mon May 30, 2011 5:26 am

In my area there's about 20 villages called "Novo selo", which literally translates as "New village". This has got to be the stupidest place name ever.

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Postby Laerod » Mon May 30, 2011 5:27 am

Staenwald wrote:
Laerod wrote:The town of Kotzen has the unfortunate honor of having a name that is German for "to barf":

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Seine Verträglichkeit fur Bier scheint relativ gering...

Ich glaub' eher, dass das Photo gestellt ist. Kotzen in Kotzen... muss man mal erlebt haben.

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Postby Staenwald » Mon May 30, 2011 5:30 am

Laerod wrote:
Staenwald wrote:Seine Verträglichkeit fur Bier scheint relativ gering...

Ich glaub' eher, dass das Photo gestellt ist. Kotzen in Kotzen... muss man mal erlebt haben.

ja, das stimmt...
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Postby Haynar » Mon May 30, 2011 5:33 am

Hypparchia wrote:In my area there's about 20 villages called "Novo selo", which literally translates as "New village". This has got to be the stupidest place name ever.


It's a pretty common practice. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapoli

I had a bit of a laugh about the 'siege of Kut' (WWI). 'Kut' is Dutch slang for 'vagina'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Kut

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Postby Ifreann » Mon May 30, 2011 5:40 am

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Hypparchia wrote:In my area there's about 20 villages called "Novo selo", which literally translates as "New village". This has got to be the stupidest place name ever.


It's a pretty common practice.

There are towns all over Ireland whose name literally means "Big Town".
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Postby Diol » Mon May 30, 2011 5:41 am

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Postby Staenwald » Mon May 30, 2011 5:43 am

Haynar wrote:
Hypparchia wrote:In my area there's about 20 villages called "Novo selo", which literally translates as "New village". This has got to be the stupidest place name ever.


It's a pretty common practice. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapoli

I had a bit of a laugh about the 'siege of Kut' (WWI). 'Kut' is Dutch slang for 'vagina'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Kut
thought it was a word a little bit ruder than vagina ;)

there's was a big screw up by car companies when they sold cars to spanish-speaking countries under the name 'nova'. 'No va' in spanish means 'won't go'.
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Postby Staenwald » Mon May 30, 2011 5:43 am

Diol wrote:Crackpot, yorkshire

ha yorkshire...what a retarded name for a place... :lol: (im from there)
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Postby Kalaspia-Shimarata » Mon May 30, 2011 6:29 am

Georgism wrote:Cockburn, Western Australia. Yes, I known it's not pronounced like that.

Those Australians sure don't speak English...

I had a teacher called Cockburn. Everyone would make fun of him behind his back for making us pronounce it Coburn. Apparently he has joined a non-religious monastry or something of the sort. By the way, I live in Australia and the national language is English
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Postby Kalaspia-Shimarata » Mon May 30, 2011 6:34 am

Cyborg Holland wrote:Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, the longest place Name in the English language, Its a Maori Village in New Zealand, Most people just call it Taumata,

Also Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, The longest place name in the UK and Europe, rough translation is "Saint Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave"


The longest place name in the US is Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, which is otherwise know as webster lake

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Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein is the longest place name in South africa


[IC]I bet there are provinces with longer names than that which are alot harder to pronounce[/IC]
Since when is the New Zealand one in the English language? I'm guessing it is maori
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Postby Cyborg Holland » Mon May 30, 2011 7:00 am

The Western Reaches wrote:
Cyborg Holland wrote:Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, the longest place Name in the English language, Its a Maori Village in New Zealand, Most people just call it Taumata

The full name translates to:

The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one.

More of a story than a place name...


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Postby Islamic Hazarastan » Mon May 30, 2011 7:11 am

There's a desert lake in Pakistan called Hamun-i-Lora.
Hamun means lake. And Lora is Urdu slang for dick. So literally means Lake of the Dick.

It made us laugh like hell in Geography classes :lol:
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Postby Kulverint » Mon May 30, 2011 7:26 am

Kalaspia-Shimarata wrote:
Georgism wrote:Cockburn, Western Australia. Yes, I known it's not pronounced like that.

Those Australians sure don't speak English...

I had a teacher called Cockburn. Everyone would make fun of him behind his back for making us pronounce it Coburn. Apparently he has joined a non-religious monastry or something of the sort. By the way, I live in Australia and the national language is English

He's requoting your "Those Austrians sure don't speak English..." thing from earlier.

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Postby Cyborg Holland » Mon May 30, 2011 7:41 am

France Deux wrote:Shetland Islands and Twatt (Scotland)
Titty Hill (England)
Whiskey Dick Mountain (USA)
Hookersville (USA)
Middelfart (Denmark)
Horneytown (USA)
Shitterton (England)
Disappointment (USA)


About Shitterton

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-10733442
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Postby Daistallia 2104 » Mon May 30, 2011 7:54 am

Wilfred Test wrote:Here's why it's called Truth or Consequences:
Originally named Hot Springs, the city changed its name to Truth or Consequences, the title of a popular NBC radio program. In 1950, Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences, announced that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Hot Springs won the honor. Edwards visited the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, a parade, and a stage show. The city still celebrates Fiesta each year on the first weekend of May. The parade generally features area celebrities such as the New Mexico Chile Queen. Fiesta also features a dance in Ralph Edwards Park.


Hmmm... And that's according to the town's website. It seems the story I was told was an elaborate lie. According to the tale told by my mother's family, it was in the 30s, the entire town (small population at the time) appeared on a radio quiz program titled "Truth or Consequences". Based on the participants answers to the quiz they either got rewards for a correct answers (the truth) or had a penalty for incorrect ones (consequences). The town ended up answering the last question wrong, and the consequence was naming the town after the show. So much for old family stories!
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Postby Daistallia 2104 » Mon May 30, 2011 7:59 am

And here's a good old fashioned Australian place name that I'd say now qualifies.
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Postby Eboinland » Mon May 30, 2011 8:00 am

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Postby Haydenish People » Mon May 30, 2011 8:05 am

Kalaspia-Shimarata wrote:I thought we should have a thread about stupid place names.
This is a real place in Austria...
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An other real place...(If only the Austrians knew what this one meant):
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Man, these Austrians sure don't speak English...
Anyway, what are some funny names you have come across?


Bald knob, WV, as well as Pinch (also in WV). But that's not my point. In German the past tense for essen (to eat) is aß. Now this may not look funny now, but when that weird letter is replaced by the English equivalent (two s), you get....well, yeah.
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Postby Leepaidamba » Mon May 30, 2011 8:13 am

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Postby Voerdeland » Mon May 30, 2011 8:19 am

There are many villages with strange names in Poland. Examples:
Zimna Wódka (Cold Vodka)
Stary Łom (Old Crowbar)
Nałogi (Addictions)
Złe Mięso (Bad Meat)
Podła Góra (Vile Mountain)
Potworów (Monsterville)
Nowe Rumunki (New Romanian Women)
Szwaby (a derogatory name for Germans)
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Mała Wieś przy Drodze (Small Village by the Road)
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Postby Fiddlegreen Farms » Mon May 30, 2011 8:20 am

Bumpass, Virginia

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Postby Cyborg Holland » Mon May 30, 2011 8:28 am

there is a town called Puke in Albania

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This link is also pretty good

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