Everyone loves a good tongue twister like “she sells seashells by the seashore,” but it doesn’t come close to the mouthful meteorologist Liam Dutton executed when he effortlessly said the longest place name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Yes that is a real name of a real place. See Dutton in action below:
The 58-letter name of a Welsh town is the second longest place name in the world. It helps that Dutton himself is Welsh. Still, one can imagine that even locals can find the name slightly daunting.
The longest place name is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
Not familiar with the language? It is Maori, the language of indigenous New Zealanders.
The 85-letter place name is a hill located in picturesque Hawke’s Bay.
Renee Wright, from network TVNZ, takes a shot at saying this sesquipedalian. She does a pretty good job too. See below:
Coming in third, and the longest place name in America at 45-letters is Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg also known as Lake Chaubunagungamaug in Webster, Massachusetts.
If these place names are not challenging enough to say, the full name of the city of Bangkok may just do it. It holds a record for the longest name with spaces or hyphens at 176-letters: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
What does it mean? Simply translated it means “City of Angels.”
Some Thais do have a hard time remembering the entire name of the capital. Luckily a Thai rock band, Asanee- Wasan, created a song with the entire lyrics based on the name alone.
Listen to that song below: