Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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I don't think a New York Times article has ever made me laugh as hard as this one on embarrassing place names in the United Kingdom. Slutshole? Wetwang? C'mon now. (source)
Even though I like Billy Joel, I loved this delightfully snarky article on Slate naming him The Worst Pop Singer Ever. To this day, in the minivan that I drive sits a cache of cassette tapes purchased by my mother during the late 1980s. Tucked among the oldies and Irish folk tunes, there is a single album that we could all agree to listen to during the family vacations of my youth. Oh yes, Billy Joel's Storm Front. Don't think that I still don't pop it in every once in a while.

5 comments:

Kelly said...

and so it goes is one of the saddest songs ever (which is why i love it)...

J.R. said...

Oh man, that article on embarassing names is too much. My favorite is Wetwang. But I still can't seem to figure out why 4 Corfe Close is offensive despite spending five minutes on this. I think I am too naive and stupid. Someone help me out here.

eileen said...

JR- Julian and I just spend a solid 5 minutes saying it out loud until we realized that if you use a thick British accent, it sounds like "Fuck Off Close."

Research at its finest.

eileen said...

p.s. Titty Ho? I mean really.

Kevin said...

What about Cockwood and Cockpole Green? Bitchfield is also a good one. Although not crude, my favo(u)rite place names in England are Ugley and its neighbo(u)r Ugley Green, in Essex.