We’ve all heard of the funny imitation place names like the New Zealand town of Waikickamoocow, or the Australian one of Kickatinalong, but what about the real ones? We should add that these place names are funny to an English speaker, but if we wanted to open a can of worm’s we could comment on town names that sound funny in other languages. For example I took a liking to a Pass in the former German speaking part of France that is Col de Hundsruck, which is Dog’s Back Pass in English. So without further delay>
we’ve compiled a list of some funny ones we’ve heard of:
Australia: Waggaa Wagga, Tumbi Umbi, Kangy Angy or Wybong (Why not?), Chinaman’s Knob, Humpty Doo, Koolyanobbing, Poowong
New Zealand: Whakapapa, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu
Wales:Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (of course this means- St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave)
Germany: Poing, Bad Kissingen, Wank, Titisee,
Canada: Moose Jaw, Dildo, Community Punch Bowl, Bugaboos, Skookomchuck, Aachikaayusaakaasich Portage, Passamaquoddy Bay, Grizzly Bear’s Head & The Lean Man
United States: Looneyville, No Name, Hooker (this is most funny of their own doing, a hooker is only a prostitue in the Us and A), Pussy Creek, Poopoo (Hawaii), Boring, French Lick
Austria: Fucking, Frickenhausen, Windpassing
England: Beer, Cockshot, Crackpot, Dicks Mount, Faggot (that another US thing), Hampton Gay, Old Sodbury, Thong, Ugley, Wetwang, Wormegay
Sweden: Fjuckby (for some reason the people of this town want to change the name), Pissholmen
Check out this blog on funny names in Swedish, because the ones above are basically funny in English. “Villagers lose battle of Fjuckby”
France: Anus ( this means exactly the same in French as in English), Condom ( this again is the same)
Northern Ireland: Muff
Thailand: the great European translation of Thai “Krung Thep” which becomes Bangkok. Not a bad one either?
If you want to further your search, the funny names you’ll find in the Untied States, Canada, Britain and Australia will certainly make you laugh for a while.
Though in my investigations I came up with many good ones; but none that made me laugh more than Felch Square in Wales.
Now it’s your turn. I’m sure you have a story to tell. So go ahead and send us in some of your favourites. Until then I’m going to rap in Rapperswil.