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Strange Place Names: US & UK Edition

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 23, 2009 2 Comments

Would you agree to live in Ugley, in Essex? Or in North Piddle? No? Then Spanker Lane? Thong, Kent? Or in Pratts Bottom? No? Well then, what about Crapstone? Or, would you care to reside in Diss? Felldownhead? Great Snoring? Or, alternatively, Little Snoring? Would you take a Ham and Sandwich? No?

If not in those cities in the United Kingdom, how about moving to these cities in the United States? Dead Horse sound like a good place to raise the kids? Or your very own North Pole in AK? How does Hygiene sound? Yeehaw Junction? How about Buttermilk in Kansas, or Gas, in the same state? No? Then Crappo? How about Christmas all the year around? Would you be able to entertain yourself in Boring? Cut and Shoot? Or, to Odd (do we have a winner)?

Okay, so my last try…would you move to the thriving metropolis of Puke, Albania for under a million dollars?

Check out a hilarious article on the topic in the New York Times here, and a related book here.

Update: Check out a trail of some very interesting comments on this, crossposted on the Daily Kos.

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2 Responses to “Strange Place Names: US & UK Edition”

  1. Youki on: 23 January 2009 at 10:45 pm

    tonight I went to a dinner party in Brisbane, California (not Brisbane, Australia!). I thought of this post 🙂

  2. daveski on: 24 January 2009 at 4:06 pm

    And you know, it was always a little hard growing up in Livermore when Pleasanton was the next town. My friends and I were always saying things like, “well, you know it’s actually someone’s last name”…(like who would like liver enough to a.) want more of it and b.) name a town after it?)

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