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July 7, 2018 at 1:07 am #9565Anonymous
This unassuming, peaceful town on the Island of Anglesey, just off the northwest coast of North Wales, is famous for having the longest place name in the United Kingdom, and one of the longest in the world. The long form of the name – an incredible 58 characters long – actually came about as a result of trains! In the mid-1800's after a railway was built between Chester and Holyhead, locals were trying to push the town as a tourist destination and believed that displaying the unusually long name at the station would encourage passengers to alight. To this day the name continues to both baffle and amuse those who hear it – in fact, a YouTube video of weatherman Liam Dutton's flawless pronunciation of the name during a weather report has amassed an incredible 17 million views since its upload in 2015!
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is roughly translated as “St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave”. Thankfully, the town name does have some other, slighter shorter variations; Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Llanfairpwll and Llanfair PG.
Unbelievably, and despite the townsfolk's gallant efforts, there are places with even longer names. The Guinness Book of World Records bestows the honour of the longest place name in the world to Tetaumatawhakatangihangakoauaotamateaurehaeaturipukapihimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuaakitanarahu in New Zealand, which has an astonishing 92 letters and translates as “the summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one”!
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