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Odd Place Names
Posted 22 May 2015 - 12:14 AM
Just to revive this thread:
There's also the inexplicably named town of Why, Arizona...
which of course is not quite so inexplicable as the name is not a question but rather refers to the letter Y and describes a road junction...
Posted 22 May 2015 - 12:25 AM
Posted 22 May 2015 - 01:51 AM
The North American Pacific Northwest has its share of odd placenames. It’s not so much that fact as my own eccentricity that has set me off on a quixotic adventure attaching (at least vaguely) evocative definitions to many dozens of these toponyms. Here are a few examples.
vashon (n.): A style or appearance that manages to declare an entire system of beliefs.
sammamish (adj.): Reluctant to embark on any new adventure, but always happy to have done so in retrospect. (Corruption of a phrase from Dr. Seuss, “Green Eggs and Ham”.)
juneau (n.): The sort of person you meet while traveling who forces along a conversation and then, upon learning that you are from Seattle (or any major city), excitedly asks if you happen to be acquainted with their friend there.
coquitlam (n.): The peevish humiliation brought on by the indignant rejection of your flirtation toward someone who surely flirted at you first. “He spent the latter hours of the office party in coquitlam mitigated only by the ironic comfort of everyone but the one who spurned him thinking his flushed cheeks and neck meant he’d drunk too much.”
And so on. This practice originated with Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, as far as I know.
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