A World of Funny Place Names
The delightful little town of Anus, in France, used to be called Beau-Ruisseau after the crystal clear streams which run through the surrounding fields. Unfortunately it accepted a Twinning invitation from the town of Crawley in southern England without knowing anything about the place. After their first and only trip to Crawley, the French Twinning delegates bolted home, called an emergency council meeting and voted unanimously to change their own town’s name to Anus in the hope that no one from Crawley would be tempted by a return visit.
Shitterton, Dorset, England
Well you can wipe that smug look off your face and stop laughing at the French Anus now, can’t you! Yes, Dorset has a Shitterton and guess what, it’s from old English and translates roughly as “farmstead on the stream used as an open sewer”. Shitterton has been raising funds to install toilets and a modern sewerage system for many years now and residents are hoping to have sufficient funds by 2047.
Page 2 seems to be going a bit “toilety”, so let’s keep with the theme and take a trip to Middelfart in Denmark. We would love to be able to tell you that the little town of Middelfart is the centre of the Danish gas industry, but we can’t. Despite endless hours of research we have failed to turn up any gas related things to say about Middelfart, which is a bit of a bummer.
Just to get all the back-end related stuff out of the way so we can move on, the U.S. state of Indiana has a Fartsville and a Poopsdale, Austria has a Windpassing and Spain has Piles. That will probably do for the time being.
Let’s move on to Scotland now, it has a Twatt. People born in Twatt are known as Twatt’s and it’s a little known fact that more members of Parliament were born in Twatt than any other town in the British Isles. Whatever you have heard to the contrary, this is the real reason that the collective noun for politicians is “Bunch of Twatt’s”, please note the spelling.
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand
Apparently this is only the second longest place name in the world. It means something about a chap with big knees playing a flute to his beloved. We think that it’s just the land land of sheep farming in the southern hemisphere trying to get one over on the Welsh, they’re a competitive bunch you know. We have no idea how to pronounce this and are not even going to attempt it.
It’s short, blunt and doesn’t need batteries. It could be worse, imagine if they’d called it “Blow-Up-Rubber-Doll”. Dildo is a rather pleasant looking little town in Newfoundland, Canada. No one seems to know where the name Dildo originated, but it dates back to at least the early 1700’s. Once they got to grips with the name, the townsfolk went for Dildo in big way. As well as the town itself, there is Dildo Harbour, Dildo Island, Dildo Arm (don’t ask) and a host of Dildo named, tourism and leisure businesses and activities. It is home to the largest sex shop in Canada, Dildo’s Dildos!