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Date: 09/22/13 03:00 PM

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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    Link: Atlas Of True Names - Place names translated to their original meaning.
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    VicAginal Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    this is bullpoo. louisiana was named for the king of france, the carolinas were named for some english hoe, indiana, is the land of the `indians`
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm
    Hmmm.... I wonder what the meaning of the Grand Tetons is....
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    September 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    We should revert back to those names
    sounds a hell of a lot more interesting
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    September 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    Only the US then..
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 23, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Peabody, "I wonder what the meaning of the Grand Tetons is"
    It means "large treat" in French. In this case "treat" means "breast" as early French fur trappers named the mountains "Trios Tetons" or `3 breasts`. Later that became the Grand Tetons and the nicer translation of "treats" not "teets"
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 23, 2013 at 12:20 am

    madduck, "Only the US then.."
    You`ve already got Kinrosshire, Nairnshire, & Kincardineshire! You`re got freakin` "shires"!!!! You can`t get more middle-earth than a shire!
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    September 23, 2013 at 1:50 am
    @Gerry1of1
    We have Affpuddle, Badger`s Mount, Booby Dingle,
    Gay Street, Great roosterup, Helions Bumpstead,
    Lickham Bottom, Sandy Balls, pooterton, Slack Bottom, The Bastard, Twatt, Wyre Piddle
    For a few
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    September 23, 2013 at 2:10 am
    Didn`t see `Land of the red-neck bigot`.
    Never mind, here`s one for Gerry:

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    kvetcher Male 50-59
    213 posts
    September 23, 2013 at 3:10 am
    @FerdyFred
    Don`t forget Fingringhoe, pooterton, Pratt`s Bottom, (a village in Kent where James Bond`s aunt(?) lived), Bell End, and my favourite pub:
    The Prickwell Inn
    Tillit
    Herts.
    OK I made one of them up.
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    kvetcher Male 50-59
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    September 23, 2013 at 3:13 am
    Damn censorship - I see what happened. Ferdyfred tried to type Sh**terton and it bowdlerised it to pooterton, similarly Great Roosterup for Great C***up.
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    Modwain Male 40-49
    336 posts
    September 23, 2013 at 4:20 am
    Gerry, i think you got it backwords.. middle earth names were not the inspiration for shire.. shires were the inspiration for the middle earth names. To bad that the middle earth names now seem to have so much meaning that peeps think that this is the original.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    September 23, 2013 at 4:21 am
    Chicago = Stink Onions

    LOL
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 23, 2013 at 10:07 am
    madduck,

    If you click on the link at the top of the page you can access UK, Europe, Canada or the world.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 23, 2013 at 10:36 am
    VicAginal,

    `Louis` means `famous warrior` and `Charles` means `free man.`
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    September 23, 2013 at 11:10 am
    Madduck you guys are "Great Land of the Tattooed," it`s like you`ve never been able to live down that whole "They paint themselves blue" thing huh? ;-)

    And some ancient map maker was in a particularly bad (and blunt) mood when they named London. "Unfordable River Town". Right there in "Swampy Hole."

    Don`t feel too bad, we have the same poor sense of location as you do. Where do you think D.C is? XD
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 23, 2013 at 11:26 am
    QueenZira,

    Painting themselves blue, yeah. I had a friend who was an extra on Braveheart. He referred to his earnings as `Woad wage`.
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    September 23, 2013 at 11:26 am
    "Land of the Little Big Hills" took the words right outta my mouth, Mass. landscape is full of crazy rocky rolling slopes and cliffs.

    Although Nevada puzzles me, "Snowy Land"? Really? Not the first thing that comes to mind...

    Mexico and New Mexico are contenders for best names on the continent IMO.

    And "Strait of the Great Spirit"? Why so poetic Canada?
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    September 23, 2013 at 11:30 am
    LordJim "Woad wage"? I don`t quite get that one forgive me. Please elaborate for the curious clueless Yank ;-)
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    The blue dye was called `woad` (apparently the plant is a member of the mustard family.)

    Hence being paid to wear woad ...
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    Byfield Male 18-29
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    September 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    You know what Ireland used to be called? Hibernia. Which means `Wintry`. The romans went there, decided it was pooe, left and effectively called it `pooehole`. Ireland used to be named `Winter hellhole`.

    The more you know.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Sort of sounds like `road rage` only not quite ... um .. it was funny at the time. It was in the pub.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    7055 posts
    September 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    On consideration I think I will buy the UK map. At six quid it`s a bargain.
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    September 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm
    LordJim, It was a good one, once I was able to fill in the missing info. I`m always willing to learn something new, particularly when I`m not from around thereabouts.

    Byfield I thought Ireland was named after Eriu, a local tribal goddess in the native tongue. Which is what makes me question the definition of "Land to the West." But your story is good too XD
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    September 24, 2013 at 10:14 am
    @QueenZira:
    London. "Unfordable River Town" has since been reclassified: "Unaffordable River Town".
    "Swampy Hole" is not far from the truth; it`s still a sith-hole.

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