Wednesday, May 6, 2009

You're going where?

Can you imagine seeing a sign welcoming you to the beautiful
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahul! This 85-letter place name belongs to a hill in New Zealand. It is the longest officially recognized place name in an English-speaking country.

In the US you can visit
a lake in Webster, Massachusetts. Although only 45 letters long, it’s still a mouthful! The lake is also known as Lake Webster. (Phew!)

The longest hyphenated names in the US are Winchester-on-the-Severn, a town in Maryland, and Washington-on-the-Brazos, in Texas.

Visitors to County Galway in Ireland can see signs for the longest English placename (coming in at 22 letters): Muckanaghederdauhaulia. The name comes from the Irish language, Muiceanach Idir Dhá Sháile, meaning "pig-marsh between two saltwater inlets". Sounds lovely!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit is the ceremonial name of Bangkok, Thailand. It holds the Guiness World record for longest place name in the world.

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