Friday, November 09, 2007

What's in a name?

… A bunch of damn letters.    20webster.xlarge
Even the welcome sign in Webster, Mass., misspells its lake. (It has an O for one U and an H for one N.)


LAKE CHARGOGGAGOGGMAN- CHAUGGAGOGGCHAUBUNAGUNGAMAUGG, Mass. - It is spelled just the way it sounds.


Unless you spell it differently, like in the sign put up by the chamber of commerce at the southern end of town, which has an O for one of the U's and an H for one of the N's.


Or the postcards at Waterfront Mary's, the lake's best-known restaurant, which have smuggled an extra "gaug" into the name.


Even for the locals, this sprawling central Massachusetts lake with the even more sprawling name, Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg - the longest place name in the United States - is not for the tied of tongue.


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I’d go somewhere else rather than here.  I’d hate to have someone ask me where I spent my vacation.


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4 comments:

Eugenio Martínez Sierra said...
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Eugenio Martínez Sierra said...

The most long name of a place is:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

You can hear the pronunciation here

link

It means St Mary´s church in the holes of the White hazeinut´s hollow, near the fast whirlpool for St Tysilio of the red cave.

Bonus:
Los Angeles full name is:

El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula

Xtina said...

its really not so bad if you like country music and chineese food (there are 8 in webster)
it also took me about 2 years to learn how to say the stupid lake name... lol

Anonymous said...

hopefully the lake is bigger then the name...lol