This beats Cat Hole Road

This beats Cat Hole Road December 5, 2014

. . . which is where I used to go for walks as a callow youth in my hometown.

As Mark Shea would say, “Hi. I’m twelve. This is funny”:  a map of all the rude place names in the UK. Here’s one detail, from Northumberland:


uk rude map


a region renowned for its fine cheeses, its historical castles and gardens, its birdwatching, and also a delightful congruence of Whamlands, Dirt Pot, Cock Wood, and Hairy Side. That’s it, I’m booking our next vacation there, unless I can find a vacancy in Devil’s Lapful. More maps here.

In conclusion, I would like to say:  Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee.

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  • Tori

    Boy I’d hate to find myself in Devil’s Beef Tub.

  • Eileen

    It’d be a lot cheaper to stop by nearby Amish country while you’re down here in Philadelphia. We’ve got Bird in Hand, Blue Ball, Intercourse, Lititz, Paradise, and Mount Joy. 🙂

    • Episteme

      “I missed the exit for Intercourse and ended up in Blue Ball!”

      That joke NEVER gets old when driving on the turnpike…

    • anna lisa

      What is WRONG with the Brits and the people back east????

      I just met a newcomer here from Philadelphia. They have a bunch of kids and are the traditional types. I had to warn her that even though our city/state has a bunch of upstanding Catholic sounding names, it is neither upstanding nor Catholic.

  • Anna

    I’ve never been sure whether to regret not stopping at Toad Suck Park just outside Little Rock AR, or whether that was a wise decision.

  • Blobee

    Okay, I KNOW you saw, but didn’t mention: Cockshot, Cock Play, Cockplay, Cockplay Hill, Cock Bridge (in the east), Cockermouth Green. Wow. That’s a LOT of roosters!

    After that tour, you could visit Faggot, Bushygap, the commons, crag, and hall of Shitlington, and Manley View. I wonder if the people who live in these places spend a good deal of time snickering, or if it’s just us boorish Americans.

  • Deimos

    We live in the northwest, between mold and vicars cross but I was born in Knutsford (same map just a little further right).
    I have spent my entire life telling people it is old Danish for “King Canutes ford” from our days as part of the viking world. Decided to give up a few years ago and just say I was born in Liverpool.

  • Sarah Pierzchala

    Probably these words mean something completely different in English. 🙂