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!