Aug 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Ever Been to This Place, Seniors?

The name on the sign that marks the hill is “Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu”, which translates roughly as “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one”. At 85 letters, it has been listed in the Guinness World Records as one of the longest place names in the world. Senior travelers, I bet some of you have come across long, strange, unusual place names in your adventures.

Hyperventilate and try this one

Other forms of the name above are longer still: “Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­ure­haea­turi­pukaka­piki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­ki­tana­tahu” has 92 letters. An even longer version, Taumata-whakatangihanga-koauau-o-Tamatea-haumai-tawhiti-ure-haea-turi-pukaka-piki-maunga-horo-nuku-pokai-whenua-ki-tana-tahu, has 105 letters and means The hill of the flute playing by Tamatea — who was blown hither from afar, had a slit penis, grazed his knees climbing mountains, fell on the earth, and encircled the land — to his beloved. Who sits around coming up with names like that anyhow?  The name is often shortened to Taumata by the locals for ease of conversation and most of us can handle that one just fine.  So folks, there really is such a place near Parangahau in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

When my wife edited this blog, she double checked my spelling of the name above and discovered that I’d spelled it differently both times.  And now she isn’t even certain that she has spelled it correctly.  Oh well, she said that in a name that long who really cares if I’ve turned some letters around, left some out or even added to it!

Seniors, We Have Our Own…

The longest place name in the United States (45 letters) is Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, a lake in Webster, Massachusetts. It means “Fishing Place at the Boundaries – Neutral Meeting Grounds” and is sometimes facetiously translated as “you fish your side of the water, I fish my side of the water, nobody fishes the middle”. Senior travelers, if you found this to be of interest in the smallest sense, then read on in Wikipedia about more unusual names. Just thought you would like to know this…tsk tsk.. jeb

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