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marjan
861738.  Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:22 am Reply with quote

zomgmouse wrote:
Kissing in Germany and Fucking in Austria.

Kissing is 142 kilometres (88.1 miles) from Fucking. )


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Gooische Vrijgezel
861810.  Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:50 pm Reply with quote

marjan wrote:
Kissing is 142 kilometres (88.1 miles) from Fucking. )


Great. Let's compile a really, really long list (including Mianus, visited by Jackass: "Is there a hardware store in Mianus?"):

http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=287730#287730

 
suze
861823.  Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:02 pm Reply with quote

As many will be aware, I spend much of my working life with girls in the 16-18 age group. The notion that Kissing is 88.1 miles from Fucking would certainly strike a chord with many of them - but it's not really the sort of thing that I'm encouraged to talk about in class ...

 
suze
861826.  Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:24 pm Reply with quote

LOL ...

At this point, we must note that you can't proceed from Kissing to Fucking in a straight line. First religion gets in the way (i.e. you have to get around München, whose name derives from monks), and then you have to, ahem, take a detour through the hills.

So by road, it is 113.7 miles from Kissing to Fucking.

 
ViscountGrey
911136.  Wed May 23, 2012 5:13 am Reply with quote

I remember on a trip through Wales noticing the propensity for the word "Pant" in place names... this led us to Pant-y-gellin and onwards to the highly amusing Pant-y-girdl (which really was a blink and you miss it place!)

There's also a "Druid's Bottom" in Lincolnshire (Bottom being the old word to describe the area set aside for Longbow practise).

I live just outside a small village we have re-christened "Sandwiches", because the actual name is Coldham...

Also in Lincolnshire, but not so much an outlandish place name as an outlandish pronounciation (in comparision to its spelling: Azlackby

 
'yorz
911196.  Wed May 23, 2012 8:58 am Reply with quote

My German friend had problems pronouncing Haltwhistle, so it went from Haxwechsel to
Horst Wessel.
That now has stuck. :(

 
Strawberry
913422.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:42 am Reply with quote

Town names

 
Posital
913425.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:56 am Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:

The thing that concerns me about this pic - don't get me wrong, the people are just fine - it's the fact that it's been changed.

You can see that a "Cocking" sticker has simply been plastered over another name, which leads me to two possibilities:
1) The people of Cocking couldn't afford their own sign, so they nicked someone else's; or
2) The village was previously known by a more dreadful name, and settled on a less offensive name. I just wonder what it was previously known as...

Suggestions on a postcard...

 
Spud McLaren
913427.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:00 am Reply with quote

ViscountGrey wrote:
... (Bottom being the old word to describe the area set aside for Longbow practise).
As is the word Butts, which appears in quite a few location names in the Peak District area. Interesting.

 
Strawberry
913434.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:16 am Reply with quote

Posital wrote:
tetsabb wrote:

The thing that concerns me about this pic - don't get me wrong, the people are just fine - it's the fact that it's been changed.

You can see that a "Cocking" sticker has simply been plastered over another name, which leads me to two possibilities:
1) The people of Cocking couldn't afford their own sign, so they nicked someone else's; or
2) The village was previously known by a more dreadful name, and settled on a less offensive name. I just wonder what it was previously known as...

Suggestions on a postcard...


It seems to have been known by that name for centuries. Link

 
Posital
913582.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:55 pm Reply with quote

Strawberry wrote:
It seems to have been known by that name for centuries. Link
Discounting the possibility of sign stealing - take it from me it's hard to steal little ones.

It must mean that option 2 is true and the previous name was so dreadful that they had to expunge it from all records...

Intriguing...

 
'yorz
913587.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:58 pm Reply with quote

Whatever it was, it ended with 'ON'.

 
Spud McLaren
913616.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:55 pm Reply with quote

I notice the next village south is Singleton. A Cocking-up of the signage, perhaps?

 
'yorz
913617.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:00 pm Reply with quote

Plausible, but I see a distinct 'mid-vertical' shadow where the begin letter is, so I think the first letter ain't an S.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1247727.  Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:58 am Reply with quote

Bolton, Lancs has it's fair share of bizarre names i.e. Doffcocker, Ruins, Montserrat, Lecturers Closes and Oaken Bottom

 

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