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Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

  1. May 15, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Say that one real fast three times!

    CBS did a report on this tonight. After it was noted that the spelling of the Lake's name had to be corrected on the town's sign, CBS pointed out that the police cars have it spelled out incorrectly on their doors, as well!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Chaubunagungamaug
     
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  3. May 15, 2009 #2
    A lake with an authentic monster: its name.
     
  4. May 15, 2009 #3
    I would bet some $ that somewhere in the world, some parents gave their kid this name.
     
  5. May 15, 2009 #4

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    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/8d/LlanfairLARGE.jpg/1000px-LlanfairLARGE.jpg [Broken]
     
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  6. May 15, 2009 #5

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    Shouldn't this threa be in S&D? :tongue:
     
  7. May 15, 2009 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    No, just consider it traditional native American lawyer lingo.
     
  8. May 16, 2009 #7

    Chi Meson

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    I've driven past this lake dozens of times since it is just off I-395. For people in this area, I'd say "Webster Lake" is tied with "Chaubunagungamaugg" as the preferred name, a choice which seems to split along political lines (unconfirmed).
     
  9. May 16, 2009 #8

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    I've been there. :biggrin:

    Very nice place with very nice people.
     
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  10. May 16, 2009 #9

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    I've never been there, but my Welsh friend, who did a post-doc with me, had a coffee mug with that name on it...he could even pronounce it! :biggrin:
     
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  11. May 17, 2009 #10
    Here a reporter takes a stab at it and gets it right. More interestingly, and unsurprisingly, there were some spelling errors on signs pointing to the lake:
     
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  12. May 17, 2009 #11

    Chi Meson

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    When you think of it, the "spelling" of a Nipmuck word is speculative since the Nipmuck did not have an alphabet. Across New England, the Lakes that end in the "og" sound end in -og, -ogg, -aug, -augg, and if they were written by a Welshman, -mhwallaihghaullgg. The lake is in reality called either "Webster Lake" or "Chaubunagungamaug" and the rest of the name appears to have been deliberately put together to make it "The Longest name." You quite literally have to go to the lake to have people call it that. Choosing to add the extra g's conveniently makes it longer. I can be certain that 200 years ago, no Nipmuck checked over the shoulder of a reporter as he transcribed the name of the lake ("that's two g's, that's right, "au" not o. one g there, and two g's there. yep, you got it").
     
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  13. May 17, 2009 #12
    I'll agree with that. It's probably incidental if their language can attach modifiers to a base and still be sensical. Try it in English and we can't get away with it:

    restlessnessmentationalizationabilismities
     
  14. May 17, 2009 #13

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    I am curious what a Pawtuxet, Wampanoag or Pequot would call this lake. They (like the Nipmuk) also speak a dialect of Algonquin.
     
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