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CHAT: silly names

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, March 15, 2001, 20:03
I always thought that the state of Maine held the U.S. record
for silly names, as in the well-known quatrain:

        To the shores of Lake Aghquabamticook,
           All in the state of Maine,
        A man from Wittipesaugam came,
           One evening in the rain.

But now I find that in Massachusetts, some miles south, we have Lake
Chargoggagoggmanchaugagoggchaubunagungamaugg, locally pronounced
['wEpsta].  Take *that*.

There is / one art             || John Cowan <jcowan@...>
no more / no less              ||
to do / all things             ||
with art- / lessness           \\ -- Piet Hein


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