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quinta-feira, 11 de agosto de 2011

You can’t read this

People communicate, create words and like to give names to things. But the time goes by, the people change, the places change their owners, and a few names remain. Sometimes to people that comes later, the remained name is so weird that they can’t even read. Do you wanna see?

When you go to New Zeeland ask about the mountain at the north of the country called “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu”. The name was given by the Maori people, in their language it means "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". You can click here if you wanna know how to say it, the image bellow is the sign in front of the mountain.


And if this is not enough to you, what about go to Walles and visit the village of “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”?. In the old Welsh language it means “Saint Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”. To know how to say this one you may click here.


Well I think know you are convinced, but if not, at that place called Wikipedia they have a list of the longest names of places of this world. They also have a list with the shortest names, like the amazing village of Å, in Norway. Or did you think I invented it all?

List of long place names
List of short place names
The mountain in New Zeeland
The village in Walles
The village in Norway