the Welsh village (was: the New England lake)

Geoffrey Nunberg nunberg at ISCHOOL.BERKELEY.EDU
Sat Apr 25 04:30:57 UTC 2009

...stunt name or no, it gave Stephen Sondheim a great snapper in "The
Boy From..."


> I was indeed.  Thanks much!  I hadn't thought of that town name in
> ages.  I remember a version of the railway sign without the
> quasi-phonetic rendering or the powerlines overhead, but on the other
> hand I'd never heard it pronounced with a South Welsh or any other
> accent, and I'd never seen it rendered in IPA, so thanks to Kari for
> the link to the wiki-site and thanks also to whoever put it up there.
> LH, remembering that The Book of Amazing Facts claimed locals often
> just called it "Llanfair" for short, but maybe that's now considered
> unpatriotic.
> At 3:53 PM -0500 4/23/09, Kari Castor wrote:
>> You're probably thinking of
>> Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
>> 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:
>> (There was
>> > also a town in Wales, complete with a railway
>>> station, that had an even longer name, which I
>>> can no longer recall if indeed I ever could.)
>> > LH

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