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Started by TommyDGNR8 on Apr 23, 2021 9:41:43 AM
Places that aren't where you think they should be

This is probably another "just me" thing, but does anyone else associate place names with entirely different locations?

A few examples:

Durham - Down Cornwall way somewhere (this possibly stems from childhood confusion with durum wheat and the notion that arable farming was common in the deep south.

Pontefract - between Pontypridd and Pontypool, obvs.

Ramsbottom - faded south coast holiday resort

Garstang - a dodgy Glasgow housing scheme

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 10:41:47 (#241 of 463)

Well, it's closer to London than to Brum, but that's because Brum's quite a bit further west, not because it's much further north.

InternationalVicar - 25 Apr 2021 10:44:28 (#242 of 463)

East and West Midlands don't have much to do with each other.

East Anglia was famously cut off by sea on three sides and the rail service on the other one.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 10:44:46 (#243 of 463)

See also Coutances Way in Ilkley.

I’ve been to Coutances and it’s nothing like Ilkley.

On a similar note, I have no idea how Le Mans came to be twinned with Bolton.

TommyDGNR8 - 25 Apr 2021 10:49:18 (#244 of 463)

Twinning has led to all sorts of wierdness. I was disappointed to discover the tunnel on the Huddersfield Ring Road was called Unna Way because the town's twinned with Unna in Germany and not a play on words with the local accent.

coshipi - 25 Apr 2021 10:50:28 (#245 of 463)

Could be both, of course.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 10:50:37 (#246 of 463)

a road called Hamstrasse

Which is a bit wrong pronunciation wise, correct is -straße with a long -a, -ass is pronounced with a short -a

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 10:57:51 (#247 of 463)

Cologne is twinned with Liverpool. There's a 'Liverpooler Platz' (Liverpool Square) in a poorer part of the city which is mainly known for being a social problem area.

Fitting or not?

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 11:18:01 (#248 of 463)

That's a bit wrong because in English there is no such word as Liverpooler.

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 11:22:39 (#249 of 463)

There are several geographical features etc. in the South Pennines called Hades. Hades Hill, Hades Edge, Hades Farm for example.

I think it's pronounced Haids, though.

wickeltisch - 25 Apr 2021 11:23:03 (#250 of 463)

Even more strangely a person from Liverpool would be called a 'Liverpooler' here, not a Liverpudlian.

OldLefty - 25 Apr 2021 11:39:39 (#251 of 463)

When I was at school, we were told off for using the word Liverpudlian. The accepted term was Liverpolitan.

They were wrong of course. It wasn't a good idea to tell them though.

carterbrandon - 25 Apr 2021 11:47:00 (#252 of 463)

Liverpudlian follows English rules. Liverpooler follows German rules, which is quite right, when speaking German.

HorstVogel - 25 Apr 2021 12:07:39 (#253 of 463)

No wonder scouse is used, much better than pudian or politan.

RosyLovelady - 25 Apr 2021 12:09:59 (#254 of 463)

I remember thinking the song I've got a gal in Kalamazoo was about someone whose girlfriend worked in the accounts department.

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 12:12:32 (#255 of 463)

Which is a bit wrong pronunciation wise, correct is -straße with a long -a, -ass is pronounced with a short -a

We’re talking about Bradford (pronounced ‘Bratfud’).

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 12:18:55 (#256 of 463)

Nobody in Bradford ever actually has to say Hammstrasse. There are no properties on it and therefore it is not part of any address. It is a new road built in the late 80s as a sort of internal bypass. I worked near there when it was built and I think calling it "that new road" persisted.

GrrrIbdis - 25 Apr 2021 12:19:16 (#257 of 463)

#250 But if the name is originally Welsh, ie Lyfrpwl, it could follow Welsh rules. Any welsh-speakers care to comment?

FleurDuMal - 25 Apr 2021 12:19:26 (#258 of 463)

Or ‘the road with the big mosque’.

JohnIlly - 25 Apr 2021 12:20:59 (#259 of 463)

The "pudlian" part of "Liverpudlian" arose as a humorous reference to puddles.

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Apr 2021 12:37:43 (#260 of 463)

Not a Liverpool but a liverpuddle?

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