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Friday, January 23, 2021

map it outIf your sense of humor is highly-developed enough to allow you to easily laugh at your surroundings, then the United Kingdom has entire towns and villages in which you can amuse yourself:

In the scale of embarrassing place names, Crapstone ranks pretty high. But Britain is full of them. Some are mostly amusing, like Ugley, Essex; East Breast, in western Scotland; North Piddle, in Worcestershire; and Spanker Lane, in Derbyshire.

Others evoke images that may conflict with residents’ efforts to appear dignified when, for example, applying for jobs.

These include Crotch Crescent, Oxford; Titty Ho, Northamptonshire; Wetwang, East Yorkshire; Slutshole Lane, Norfolk; and Thong, Kent. And, in a country that delights in lavatory humor, particularly if the word “bottom” is involved, there is Pratts Bottom, in Kent, doubly cursed because “prat” is slang for buffoon.

As for Penistone, a thriving South Yorkshire town, just stop that sophomoric snickering.

Language, and the evolution of it, being so fluid, I don’t rightly know if English is the only tongue in which these punchline-like designators could occur. I’m hoping it’s a unique Anglo-Saxon oddity.

And, for some reason, I’d like to see retired NASCAR drive Dick Trickle do a circuit tour through these UK sites. I suppose if the racing-car league ever wanted to do a European expansion, that would be the way to kick it off.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/23/2009 10:59 AM
Category: Comedy, Other Sports, Wordsmithing
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  1. I used to live in Scotland and many of their names I could not pronounce. It is funny isnt it? I am sure we may have some similar ones if I went looking but none spring to mind. Most of the street names where I live are named after politicians,….thats a joke in itself! Great post. As for Yahoo Serious, I hated him but he did rake in 100 million on one of his films and appeared on Time Magazine in 1989. Scary..then again go look up someone called Dame Edna Everidge - that is also scary but he has ben successful mainly in the UK.

    Comment by Lilly — 01/24/2009 @ 3:41 AM

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