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If the C word is so bad, why is Scunthorpe spelt the way it is?

(212 Posts)
paulagil Wed 06-Nov-13 14:40:10

I piss myself laughing everytime I see it on the television weather charts.

Ha ha ho ho. Or am I just warped?

DoJo Fri 08-Nov-13 02:38:39

Not a place name, but I once tried to find a wristwatch for my brother's birthday and was blocked by my work's internet filter.
On a more topical note, I live near Shingay cum Wendy, and Pidley but I wish this was my local:

sussexmum38 Fri 08-Nov-13 03:28:05

I always get a giggle at Intercourse in Armish Pennsylvania. It is near Paradise, Bird in Hand, and Blueball.

CanadianJohn Fri 08-Nov-13 04:15:26

Scunthorpe has a place in internet history, you can google "the Scunthorpe Problem". If I recall correctly, AOL suggested the community - at least 1000 years old - change its name.

And where is AOL now?

Muff in Donegal does have a diving club. They make a fortune from t shirts.

MalcolmTuckersMistress Fri 08-Nov-13 09:39:46

There's a Gash up the road from me here.

paulagil Mon 11-Nov-13 11:31:41

OMG, Martin Lewis has just mentioned Scunthorpe on ITV's This Morning in exactly this context. Does the man read Mumsnet? I hope he does.

Morning, Martin! I already know where my stopcock is, thank you x

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Mon 11-Nov-13 11:41:29

What about here

Thumbwitch Mon 11-Nov-13 11:52:03

I'm in Australia - we get some corkers over here too but my favourite is a place called Watanobi. I don't care how it's supposed to be pronounced, it's "What a nobby" in my head and I always snigger.
Warrawee always makes me chortle too - as it sounds like my DS saying "Mummy, I wannawee!"

There are loads more.

Upper and Lower Slaughter
Hot Air Balloon ( yes - it is even noted on an OS map)
Chipping Sodbury

I also once saw a "Cess Pit Lane" - wonder what that did to the house prices?

AncientsOfMuMu Mon 11-Nov-13 11:56:24

It's probably just me, but there's a place in Devon called Broadwoodwidger that always makes me snigger when I see the sign post.

AphraBane Mon 11-Nov-13 12:03:54

Cant believe nobody's mentioned Stillorgan in Dublin yet! DH says the local nickname is 'dead mickey'

Rhubarbgarden Mon 11-Nov-13 12:06:28

I once had to book at flight to Fukuoka in Japan. The travel agent put the phone down in me. To be fair, I had pronounced it "Fuck you ok".

The airport code is FUK. I'm not joking.

bungmean Mon 11-Nov-13 12:08:46

I used to live in the village of Twatt in Shetland.
It is pronounced exactly how you'd expect it.

Multibean Mon 11-Nov-13 12:16:04

My parents live near Bully Hole Bottom in Monmouthshire.

TwoTearsInABucket Mon 11-Nov-13 12:31:02

not so rude, but still makes me laugh: Tokers Green

AnonYonimousBird Mon 11-Nov-13 12:48:46

I live a couple of miles from Ugley, it features in this link.

As you can see their local WI changed their name from the Ugley Women's Institute..... wink

duchesse Mon 11-Nov-13 12:50:52

We have a "Scratcharse Lane" in our village. Makes me laugh every time, even at parish council meetings when I'm supposed to be all serious.

Skoggy Mon 11-Nov-13 12:57:16

There is a little street in Bicester, Oxon, called Crumps Butts. :D

paulagil Mon 11-Nov-13 13:04:07

Scratcharse Lane - we have a new winner!!!! Lolololololol ho ho ho smile

EldritchCleavage Mon 11-Nov-13 13:10:23

There is a ski resort in Virginia USA called Blue Knob. Ooh the marketing opportunities...

Reastie Mon 11-Nov-13 13:14:37

Yes I like near Pratts bottom <titters>

Reastie Mon 11-Nov-13 13:14:54

live not like must be a Freudian slip

MaidOfStars Mon 11-Nov-13 13:15:40

Randomfemale - you have settled a debate. We regularly drive through Penistone and amuse ourselves greatly with the possible pronunciations, while never being sure what the real one is (although Penn-iss-tun/PennySton seemed the most plausible).

Am slightly disappointed that it isn't actually Pen-ist-won though wink

Never mind, will console myself by smirking at Broadbottom train station later on.

ChrisTheSheep Mon 11-Nov-13 13:22:06

I know someone who lives in Pestilence Lane - not appealing!

DH comes from near the fabulously-named towns of Nobber, Hackballscross, and Termonfeckin.

whatsthatcomingoverthehill Mon 11-Nov-13 13:25:56

They did go for descriptive names in the middle ages. I give you: Gropecunt Lane.

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