by K Kristie on 06/01/10 at 11:19 am
This is a wholesome article.
I tried submitting this article about four months ago but it was declined for obvious reasons. Then I thought of replacing a letter on those forbidden words with asterisks so that my publishers computer will not recognize those words. After all, this work isn’t really about something dirty. Even the names of the places were created with nary a speck of dirt in the maker’s mind.
D*ldo (Newfoundland, Canada)
D*ldo is a town on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. The origin of the centuries-old name is bursting with lame and unsatisfying theories. Apparently, the sexual connotation of the word today didn’t exist yet when the place was named. The town has a fast-growing tourist industry due to its beautiful sceneries and unarguably also because of its “most interesting” name. They even have a celebration called Historic D*ldo Days. When ask if they want a different name for their famous town, most of the residents want to keep it.
Int*rcourse (Pennsylvania, USA)
Founded in 1754, Int*rcourse, Pennsylvania is an unincorporated village in Lancaster County in the US state of Pennsylvania. It is a popular tourist site both for its Amish community and for its “brow raising name.” The community was originally named Cross Keys but was changed to Int*rcourse in 1814. Different theories explain how the village got its name; one is said to be derived from a race course, the “Entercourse,” and another one is after the two famous roads that cross. One thing is for certain, it has nothing to do about the sexual meaning of the word. Interestingly, sign posts of the village are the thieves’ favorite target.
C*ndom (C*ndom-en-Armagnac) is a town in the French department of Gers known for the production of an international music festival of “bandas” called Armagnac. The place is also the site of two 13th century castles: Château de Mothes and the Château de Pouypardin. In the French language, the town is seldom called c*ndom as it is usually called préservatif. Interestingly, the place is also home to a museum of famous population control devices. But, as far as linguistics know, the place has nothing to do with the etymology of the “world’s most common prophylactics.”
B*tthole Lane is in a small town called Shepshed in Conisbrough, England. In Tudor times, Butthole Lane is said to be where men went to practice their archery skills. The name came from the holes in the ground, called “butts” for shooting grouse.
F*cking is a town in Tarsdorf, Austria with a population of 104. The correct way to pronounce the name is “Fooking” as it was named after a 6th century man named Focko. “Ing” is an old German suffix meaning “the people of”; thus F*cking means “Focko’s people.” The small town has become famous due to its rather “shocking” name. The traffic sign with its name on it is a favorite tourist spot with every visitor wanting to have their photograph taken with it. Significant public funds have been spent to replace them as it is probably the most stolen street signs in the world.
In 2004, a vote was held on changing the town’s name but the community decided to keep it as the place has existed for more than 800 years. The road signs were instead replaced with theft-resistant ones, but still the sign-stealing problem persists.
Sexmoan (Luzon, Philippines)
The correct name of the town is actually Sasmuan meaning a patriotic meeting place under the nipa trees. The name was said to be butchered when the Americans came to the country and it became S*xmoan (seks-mu-ahn). They either could have misheard the name or maybe just wanted to have fun with the locals. For almost one hundred years, the town was known as S*xmoan. In 1991, legislation was passed in Congress to revive Sasmuan, its original name.
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