Funny business

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The Europe atlas

We had previously written about airport names here and how they are the same, yet in very different parts of the world.

Well this post is about weird town names. Do you reckon Middlefart is a swear word or the name of a town? No prizes for guessing it’s the name of a town. But where would you guess this town be found?

When reading this article quite some weeks back, we cannot help but to write more about our own experiences with funny town names…But we highly recommend that you read the article because there is an atlas mapping out the offending names across the world. And the one here is just a sample for Europe. And a very recent one too here. Poor guy ended up with T-Shirts facing a blizzard…

Seriously though, who made English the default way to pronouce city names anyway? LOL. If you take that with a healthy dose of salt, then it is really hilarious. Will you want to go Puke (poo-kay) in Tonga? Nah, we’d rather keep it in! But we found out that the word actually means ‘to be sick’ in Tongan, an uncanny similarity to the English word…or perhaps it was a borrowed word from some passing sailor?

Have you visited places whose names sound bizarre in English? Tell us!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

14 thoughts on “Funny business”

  1. Oh what is fun to is to go places that are not really the place you have in mind. In March I went by Inverness but I was not in Scotland but in USA. We have a Paris and a London in Canada.. And I know there are many Montreal in France but who thinks Montreal really think about Quebec/Canada !! I was once passing by Berlin also ( in USA)..and I wish to go to the real Berlin sometime!

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  2. oh well, I will have to think about it… I looked at a map and found Eureka ( Nevada, USA). I think I might have been there once on a road trip. not sure what I found there !! LOL La Tuque (Quebec/Canada) meaning a toque/hat in English. Must be where yuou need to wear it all year long! Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan/Canada)… Who wants to live in Condom (France) ? maybe if you really don’t want to get pregnant. ok I will say good by and thanks for this fun post. 😉

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      1. I think we have to remember that Australia is a young country – conditions were harsh for early explorers many of who were ex convicts, etc. As such, I feel they had a bit of fun when it came to giving places names. Because there was no old conservative class in Australia to rename them the names stuck. Some of these classic names are now being seen as politically incorrect and changed. I think that is a shame and as they say here, ‘very un-Australian”.

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  3. I can tell you some funny ones in my country-Poland ☺ For example Przemyśl (Think over), Mikołajki (Little Santas) or Częstochowa (Often hides). There’s many, many more actually hehe

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  4. Haha thanks for sharing, those articles were hilarious! I don’t remember any funny names in English but I see places that sound funny in Finnish all the time. For example in Greece there is place named ‘Kanapitsa’ when translated from Finnish to English this name means literally ‘chicken pizza’.

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