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    Silly place names in Scotland

    Originally posted by PeterL
    You don't want to know what people bought up in Peterhead (my home town) say about people from Cruden Bay

    I love silly place names. To add to Cruden Bay there is also:

    1) The village of Dull in Perthshire.
    2) A place called Conundrum not far outside Berwick. No-one knows why, apparently.
    3) The village of Twatt in Orkney. No, I won't say it...
    4) In Sutherland, there are villages called Culkein and Drumbeg, and one called Culkein Drumbeg halfway between for people who couldn't make up their mind...

    Anyone know any others? And how about examples beyond Scotland? The best one I know of is Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. It was named after a game show...


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    There's a village called Nasty in Hertfordshire...

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    There's a place I passed somewhere near Dundee which is called Longforgan.

    If you made it a silent 'f', you end up with Long Organ.

    Which may mean something, or not...

    Steve

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    Originally posted by TheTramp
    There's a place I passed somewhere near Dundee which is called Longforgan.

    If you made it a silent 'f', you end up with Long Organ.
    It would then end up twinned with a place in East Yorkshire called Wetwang...

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    Theres a small place just outside Todmorden in The North West of England called "MANKINHOLES" interesting if you leave out the 2nd N................

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    Originally posted by TheTramp
    There's a place I passed somewhere near Dundee which is called Longforgan.

    If you made it a silent 'f', you end up with Long Organ.

    Steve
    Originally posted by Stuart M
    It would then end up twinned with a place in East Yorkshire called Wetwang...
    Or Penistone (near Barnsley) or **** Bridge (Highlands) or even - if time runs out - Pidley (nr Cambridge)?
    Last edited by John S; 3rd-April-2003 at 05:47 PM.

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    Well. If we're going outside of Scotland.

    There is a place in the South East of London, called Pratt's Bottom.

    Steve

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    Piddlehiton and Piddletrendide in the Dorset. Puddletown changed it's name from Piddle Town to save offending visiting royalty

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    Re: Silly place names in Scotland

    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Stuart M
    [B]

    Anyone know any others? And how about examples beyond Scotland? The best one I know of is Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. It was named after a game show...


    There's a nasty place just west of Stirling called BAAD.
    And just along the road from it there's SHAW OF TOUCH
    Edinburgh's twin town near Balfron, called EDINBELLIE

    Just up from Kilearn is REDYETT ... as I'll ever be !

    And last but not least, something you never get at the end of a ceroc night - DRYMEN

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    Re: Re: Silly place names in Scotland

    Found a few good ones at this site , including Dickland, and Assloss.

    David

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    Theres a place on the road to Aberdeen called Battle Dykes. To me this sounds like an American Lesbian Game Show.....

    Or Throsk, which is outside Falkirk, sounds like a disease.

    Stubob

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    There's a place in Fife called "Menstruie."

    Apparently, it's a right bloody hole.

    Surprised John S didn't know this one. It's near Dumfie. If you drive around Dunfermline for a long period, you will find it.

    :sorry :sorry :sorry :sorry :sorry :sorry :sorry :sorry :sorry :sorry

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Ceroc Jock
    There's a place in Fife called "Menstruie."

    Apparently, it's a right bloody hole.

    Surprised John S didn't know this one. It's near Dumfie. If you drive around Dunfermline for a long period, you will find it. :sorry


    LOL

    Yes Menstrie, it's right next door to Alloa. I only know cause my pal stays there ... her and her 5 neighbours and 2 geese ... they don't even have one horse !
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    Originally posted by Ceroc Jock
    There's a place in Fife called "Menstruie."

    Surprised John S didn't know this one.
    (a) It's actually Menstrie
    (b) It's not in Fife
    (c) I know it well
    (d) I don't think it's a silly name

    Otherwise spot on, CJ!

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    I reckon Kilmahog is the best place name I have come across.
    Followed a close second by DunKillin (sp?).



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    Who wants an address like LICKPRIVICK ROAD in East Kilbride?

    Maybe it's to do with the speed of my car ......

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    Originally posted by John S
    (a) It's actually Menstrie
    (b) It's not in Fife
    (c) I know it well
    (d) I don't think it's a silly name

    Otherwise spot on, CJ!
    You know me John... a real stickler for accuracy.


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    Originally posted by Stubob
    Theres a place on the road to Aberdeen called Battle Dykes. To me this sounds like an American Lesbian Game Show.....

    Or Throsk, which is outside Falkirk, sounds like a disease.

    Stubob
    Tidying my books at the weekend, I rediscovered one by Douglas Adams which does exactly this: take place names which sound like they ought to mean something, then give them meanings for which there is no other word. It's called "The Meaning of Liff".

    For instance, Ardsniglish (Highland village) becomes an adjective describing "the behaviour of Sellotape when you are tired".

    Some of the words could even be useful at dancing: ladies could refuse a dance on the basis of a guy's wedderlairs (big sweat patches on his shirt), or his huby (an embarrassingly noticeable half-erection)...


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    Originally posted by Stuart M
    or his huby (an embarrassingly noticeable half-erection)...

    And some of us don't even have an embarrassingly noticable full erection

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