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January 25th, 2009

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09:24 am - North Piddle, et al.
Thursday's New York Times has an entertaining article on British towns with terrible names, including North Piddle (which I've seen with my own eyes).

gizmoek and gweepprefect may remember poring over the UK map with me looking for examples of the form, but I think the Times did better than we did.  :-)

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Date:January 25th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, England. I remember once hearing unsubstantiated rumors that there was a (now-subsumed) village somewhere in the vicinity of London called "Cuntingthorpe". And who can forget Dorking Dean? I bet nobody who's from around there and happens to be named Dean can.

Mind you, even when the place names don't seem to be rude they're often entertainingly impenetrable, to wit:

"Go ahead, try to pronounce 'Featherstonehaugh'. No, that's not it. No. Still not got it. Give up? It's pronounced fanshaw."
- James Burke, one of his columns for Scientific American, paraphrased from memory

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