Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lake with really long name is misspelled

Officials in a small town in Massachusetts have agreed to fix the spelling of their famously named lake.

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchaugg-
agoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster has one of the world's longest place names. It's been spelled many different ways over the years. Some locals have given up and simply call it Lake Webster.

But after researching historical spelling combinations, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester said local Chamber of Commerce officials agreed that some signs were wrong. There was an "o" at letter 20 where a "u" should have been, and an "h" at letter 38 where an "n" should go.

There are many stories and legends about the origin of the Indian name. One popular myth — later debunked — holds that the name translates roughly to 'You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fish in the middle.'

Wow, now that's a name. I don't even know how you'd pronounce that, and really do people have nothing better to do than research letter 38?

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