Thursday, January 29, 2009

They have nothing on our old Sexmoan, in Pampanga

“In the scale of embarrassing place names, Crapstone ranks pretty high. But Britain is full of them. Some are mostly amusing, like Ugley, Essex; East Breast, in western Scotland; North Piddle, in Worcestershire; and Spanker Lane, in Derbyshire.

“Others evoke images that may conflict with residents’ efforts to appear dignified when, for example, applying for jobs.

“These include Crotch Crescent, Oxford; Titty Ho, Northamptonshire; Wetwang, East Yorkshire; Slutshole Lane, Norfolk; and Thong, Kent. And, in a country that delights in lavatory humor, particularly if the word “bottom” is involved, there is Pratts Bottom, in Kent, doubly cursed because “prat” is slang for buffoon.

“As for Penistone, a thriving South Yorkshire town, just stop that sophomoric snickering.

“'It’s pronounced ‘PENNIS-tun,’' Fiona Moran, manager of the Old Vicarage Hotel in Penistone, said over the telephone, rather sharply. When forced to spell her address for outsiders, she uses misdirection, separating the tricky section into two blameless parts: 'p-e-n'--pause--'i-s-t-o-n-e.'”

-- “No Snickering: That Road Sign Means Something Else”

The town of Sexmoan in Pampanga, by the way, has changed its name to Sasmuan.

PLUS: Graffiti I saw along Heritage Street in Penang, Malaysia, right across the house where Dr. Sun Yat Sen lived. I don't think it means what we think it does--or does it? Calling Eve Ensler!


Rody Vera said...

Yes, gibbs. that's what it means.

gibbs cadiz said...

really, RODY? hahaha. we're really neighbors and racial siblings huh. :)

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