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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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What were they thinking??? Strange and peculiar names of towns in the U.S.:

Miscellaneous crazy town names

Hopeulikit, Georgia
Knockemstiff, Ohio
Cut and Shoot, Texas
Slaughterville, Oklahoma
Jot 'Em Down, Texas
Rough And Ready, California
Faggarts Crossroads, NC.
Coward, South Carolina
Spunky Puddle, Ohio
Bridal Veil, Oregon
Howey In The Hills, Florida
Bug Tussle, Oklahoma
Firetown, Connecticut
Burns Down, South Carolina
Pyro, Ohio
Frankenstein, Missouri
Goblintown, Virginia
Monks Hammock, Louisiana
Monks Misery, Maryland
No Mirage, California
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Humptulips, Washington
Looneyville, Minnesota
Looneyville, New York
Looneyville, Texas
Looneyville, West Virginia
Mormon Bar, California
Nimrod, Minnesota
Scrabble, West Virginia
Snapfinger, Georgia
Cyclone, Texas
Storms, Ohio
Hurricane, Utah
Wind Blow, North Carolina
Tarzan, Texas
Tightwad, Missouri
What Cheer, Iowa
Yazoo City, Mississippi
Zigzag, Oregon

And a partridge in a pear tree

Christmas, Florida
Christmas Cove, Maine
Christmas City, Utah
Christmas Valley, Oregon
Christmasville, Tennessee
Santa Claus, Georgia
Santa, Idaho
Eggnog, Utah
Tannenbaum, Arkansas
North Pole, Alaska
North Pole, New York

Mmmmmmm -- I'm hungry!

Sandwich, Massachusetts
Cookietown, Oklahoma
Candy Town, Ohio
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Bacon, Delaware
Cheddar, South Carolina
Cheesetown, Pennsylvania
Cheeseville, Wisconsin
Cheeseville, California
Cranberry Marsh, Wisconsin
Ding Dong, Texas
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
Bread Loaf, Vermont
Whitebead, Oklahoma
Beans, New Hampshire
Oatmeal, Texas
Two Egg, Florida
Goose Egg, Wyoming
Toast, North Carolina
Chocolate Bayou, Texas
Lick Skillet, Virginia
Milk Springs, Alabama
Milkwater, Arizona
Buttermilk, Arkansas
Buttermilk, Kansas
Coke, Virginia
Tea, South Dakota
Coffee City, Texas
Coffee Creek, Montana
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
Pie, West Virginia
Twin Peaks, California
Yum Yum, Tennessee

Because I said so!

Why, Arizona
Whynot, Mississippi
Ynot, Montana

Where's the remote?

Becker, Minnesota
Bonanza, Oregon
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Dallas, Texas
Daniel Boone, Kentucky
Falcon Crest, North Carolina
Ironside, Oregon
Jericho, Vermont
Lancer, Kentucky
Lost, Minnesota
Mannix, Montana
Matlock, Washington
McCloud, Tennessee
Monk, Oklahoma
Rawhide, Nevada
Truth or Consequences, NM
Twin Peaks, California

Never? Never ever? Are you sure?

Neversink, New York
Neversink, Pennsylvania
Neverfail, Tennessee

Get your mind out of the gutter!

Loveladies, New Jersey
Hooker, Oklahoma
Hooker Hole, Louisiana
Romance, Arkansas
Horneytown, North Carolina
French Lick, Indiana
Sweet Lips, Tennessee
Fanny, West Virginia
Busti, New York
Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania
Big Beaver, Pennsylvania
Butts, Georgia
Buttzville, New Jersey
Dicktown, New Jersey
Erect, North Carolina
New Erection, Virginia
Dickshooter, Idaho
Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Loving, New Mexico
Climax, Georgia
Conception, Missouri
Fidelity, Missouri

Quiet down out there!

Yelling Settlement, Alabama
Yellville, Arkansas
Yell, Tennessee
Screamer, Alabama
Screamer, Tennessee
Screamersville, Virginia
Loudville, Massachusetts
Hoop and Holler, Texas
Hoot and Holler Crossing, Texas
Holler, Maryland

Beam us up, Scotty

Enterprise, West Virginia
Tribble, West Virginia
Roddenberry, Georgia
Captain, Virginia
Kirk, Texas
Kirk, New York
Star, Oklahoma
McCoy, Colorado
McCoy, Ohio
Romulus, New York
Excelsior, West Virginia
Riker, Pennsylvania
La Forge, Missouri
Lore, Iowa
Wesley, Iowa
Crusher, Oklahoma
Wesley, Arkansas
Crusher, Texas
Minuet, North Carolina
Gamma, Georgia
Gamma, Missouri
Captain, Virginia
Archer, Montana
Archer, Florida
Archer, Nebraska
Phlox, Indiana
Phlox, Wisconsin
Vulcan, West Virginia

Uh, I think I'll pass

Boring, Oregon
Crapo, Maryland
Dull, Ohio
Hobo Station, Mississippi
Ordinary, Virginia
Poor Town, North Carolina
Poorman Side, Pennsylvania
Shacktown, North Carolina

Take that thing outside!

Deadhorse, Alaska
Horse Head, Virginia
Deerhead, New York
Horseheads, New York
Hungry Horse, Montana
Spotted Horse, Wyoming
Buffalo Mop, Texas
Gray Mule, Texas
Mule Barn, Oklahoma
Forked Deer, Tennessee
Lame Deer, Montana
Running Deer, Virginia
White Deer, Pennsylvania
Sleeping Buffalo, Montana
Monkey Box, Florida
Monkey Run, Missouri
Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
Possum Trot, Kentucky
Possum Grape, Arkansas
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Elephant Park, Colorado
Bearmouth, Montana
Tiger, Oklahoma
Tiger Bay, Florida
Turkey Scratch, Arkansas
Billy Goat Hill, Alabama
Goat Town, Georgia
Bat Cave, North Carolina
Dogtown, California

Where did I leave my keys?

Accord, Massachusetts
Cadillac, Michigan
Chevrolet, Kentucky
Dodge, Massachusetts
Dodge City, Kansas
Ford, Mississippi
Honda, California
Plymouth, Michigan
Pontiac, Michigan

Go to Hell - Hell, Michigan, of course!

Hell, Michigan
Hell Hollow, New Hampshire
Hells Corners, Ohio
Half Hell, North Carolina
Devil's Backbone, Connecticut
Devils Den, California
Devils Elbow, Missouri
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Devils Slide, Utah
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Devil Town, Ohio
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Red Devil, Alaska

Heaven only knows

Angel City, Texas
Angel Fire, New Mexico
Angels Camp, California
Angeltown, Tennessee
Heavenly Hills, California
Heavenly Valley, California
Little Heaven, Delaware
Heaven Heights, Massachusetts
Convent, Louisiana
Pray, Montana

C'mon get happy

Happy Valley, Hawaii
Happy Land, Oklahoma
Happy Hills, Massachusetts
Happyland, Connecticut
Happy Hollow, Ohio

You do what to toads?

Toad Suck, Arkansas
Lizard Lick, North Carolina
Toadvine, Alabama
Frogtown, Illinois
Frogtown, Mississippi
Frog City, Illinois
Frogmore, Louisiana
Frognot, Texas
Mousetown, Maryland
Mouse Island, Maine
Squirrel Town, Ohio
Chipmonk, New York

What do they say?

Talking Rock, Georgia
Hollow Rock, Tennessee
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Point of Rocks, Wyoming
Bean Rock, Alabama

Penny for your thoughts

Penny Hill, Delaware
Nickel, Texas
Dime Box, Texas
New Quarters, Louisiana
Dollar, Tennessee
Coin, Iowa
Money, Mississippi
Money Creek, Minnesota
Money Island Beach, North Carolina

You've got to be an awfully bad cook

Burnt Water, Arizona
Burntfork, Wyoming
Burnt Cane, Arkansas
Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania
Burnt Chimney Corner, North Carolina
Burnt Corn, Alabama
Burnt Creek, Georgia
Burnt Factory, Virginia
Burnt Factory, West Virginia
Burnt Hickory Farms, Georgia
Burnt Hills, New York
Burnt House, West Virginia
Burnt Mills, Maryland
Burnt Ranch, California
Burnt Prairie, Illinois
Burnt Tree, Virginia
Burnt Woods, Maryland
Burnt Woods, Oregon

Get the bug spray

Mosquitoville, Vermont
Fleatown, Ohio
Flea Valley, California
Ticktown, Virginia
Tick Bite, North Carolina
Bug Hill, North Carolina
Roach, Nevada
Roaches, Illinois
Cricket Corner, New Hampshire
Cricket Hill, Georgia
Grasshopper Junction, Arizona
Shoofly, North Carolina
Spider, Kentucky
Spiderweb, South Carolina

This town's really alive with activity!

Deadmans, Ohio
Deadman Landing, Florida
Deadman Crossing, Ohio
Deadmans Corner, Wyoming
Deadmans Corner, Maine
Dead Mans Crossing, Indiana
Dead Women Crossing, Oklahoma

My personal favorite:

Zzyzx, California

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Neil Cross
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Intercourse in Matlock Mar 16, 2012

Brilliant, Nicole!

There's also an Intercourse, Alabama - which has a nice ring to it.

The Wikipedia article on the said township contains the classic line "Over the years, the community has identified itself by other names" - I bet they have!

Of course, as linguists, we should probably bemoan the fact that "intercourse" has now come solely to mean "sexual intercourse", thus resulting in the loss of a very useful word. Many a time I've been tempted to translate "Umgang" as "intercourse", but thought better of it...

(Old joke:
"Do you know the difference between sexual intercourse and social intercourse?"
"Then would you like to come up to my room and have a chat?")

On the other hand, I see nothing odd about Matlock, Washington. I do, however, find it amusing that an American TV series should be named after a small town in Derbyshire


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JaneD  Identity Verified
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Um... Mar 16, 2012

Nicole Schnell wrote:

Spunky Puddle, Ohio

The mind boggles.

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Melanie Meyer  Identity Verified
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Rough and Ready at Hobo Station Mar 16, 2012

Nicole, these are hilarious.

I often marvel at street names around here as well and wonder who comes up with these gems. But some of the town names on this list definitely take the cake!

It made me laugh, thanks!

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Drew MacFadyen
Local time: 03:54
How about one of 17 cities named the United States Mar 16, 2012

Paris, Arkansas
Paris, California, former name of Loraine, California
Paris, Idaho
Paris, Illinois
Paris, Kentucky
Paris, Maine
Paris, Michigan
Paris, Missouri
Paris, New York
Paris, Ohio
Paris, Pennsylvania
Paris, Tennessee
Paris, Texas
Paris, Virginia
Paris, Grant County, Wisconsin
Paris, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Paris Township, Michigan

And two in Wisconsin at that.

Nice thread Nicole - thanks for starting.


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Melanie Meyer  Identity Verified
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Strange names of towns in Germany Mar 16, 2012

And for good measure, here are some wacky town names from Germany:

Katzenelnbogen (Hessen)
Linsengericht (Hessen)
Oberneger (Sauerland)
Unterneger (Sauerland)
Aftersteg (Schwarzwald)
Notschrei (Schwarzwald)
Affendorf (Niedersachsen)
Altenheim (Baden-Württemberg)
Benzin (Mecklenburg- Vorpommern)
Brasilien (Schleswig-Holstein)
Bücken (Niedersachsen)
Busenberg (Rheinland-Pfalz)
Eiterbach (Baden-Württemberg)
Ekel (Schleswig-Holstein)
Elend (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Ende (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
England (Schleswig-Holstein)
Faulebutter (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Fickmühlen (Niedersachsen)
Hanf (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Himmelpforten (Niedersachsen)
Himmelreich (Baden-Württemberg)
Kalifornien (Schleswig-Holstein)
Katzenhirn (Bayern)
Kotzen (Brandenburg)
Krakau (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Kuhbier (Brandenburg)
Leck (Schleswig-Holstein)
Lust (Sachsen)
Mailheim (Bayern)
Neuland (Schleswig-Holstein)
Nicollschwitz (Sachsen)
Nordpol (Schleswig-Holstein)
Oberhäslich (Sachsen)
Oberkotzau (Bayern)
Oberneger (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Oha (Schleswig-Holstein)
Petting (Bayern)
Philadelphia (Brandenburg)
Pißdorf (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Pissen (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Poppendorf (Sachsen)
Rammelburg (Sachsen)
Regenmantel (Brandenburg)
Rom (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Schlangen (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Sexau (Baden-Württemberg)
Sommerloch (Rheinland-Pfalz)
Streitheim (Bayern)
Tuntenhausen (Bayern)
Warzen (Niedersachsen)
Welt (Schleswig-Holstein)
Wetten (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Witzighausen (Bayern)
Wixhausen (Hessen)

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I'm ripe for Looneyville... Mar 18, 2012

... After a long hard week when all my backups threw the same error:

"This file was created with an unknown definition" or something like that... Just like the SDL hotline's effort at restoring it. They've never let me down before...

Mercifully about 66% of the file was in the TM, and I had written some of the terminology down with the primitive but fail-safe pencil and paper!!!

I'd rather dip a biscuit in the Chocolate Bayou, and I feel I deserve a Tightwad of any currency that's going...

Thanks for the laugh, Nicole, it saved my weekend!

[Edited at 2012-03-19 08:52 GMT]

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