Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 23 21:15:30 UTC 2009

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 4:53 PM, Kari Castor <castor.kari at> wrote:
You're probably thinking of
I have photos of the railway station sign buried somewhere at home, but I'm
on campus, so it'll have to be Wikipedia to the rescue right now:

Which redirects to the more typeable and less breakable page URL
where we are helpfully told:

The village's long name cannot be considered an authentic
Welsh-language toponym. It was artificially contrived in the 1860s to
bestow upon the station the honour of having the longest name of any
railway station in the United Kingdom: an early example of a publicity
stunt. The village's own web site credits the name to a cobbler from
the local village of Menai Bridge. According to Sir John Morris-Jones
the name was created by a local tailor, whose name he did not confide,
letting the secret die with him.

My sister brought me back a baseball cap from there, so I can
literally have Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
runnin' all around my brain.

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society -

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