Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

That’s short for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

What is this gobbledygook, you ask? One very long word, for starters. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a village in Wales; the name is shortened to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and commonly known as Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwll.

Wow, long name, Batman!

I am not making this up.

Llanfair station sign, photo by cyberinsekt

Llanfair station sign, photo by cyberinsekt

I started giggling while trying to pronounce it, from the English orthography guide: Llan-vire-pooll-guin-gill-go-ger-u-queern-drob-ooll-llandus-ilio-gogo-goch. My tongue was tripped up a few times.

The name is Welsh for “St. Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio of the red cave”.

I love new words! I love language.

Listen to the name of the town, as spoken by a person with a South Wales accent.

Satellite maps of the village.

Photos taken in the village.

OK, you can start making fun of me for enjoying this now.

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13 responses to “Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

  1. Okay I’m laughing! Where did you find this word at? Can you imagine having to write out the full name on an envelope? =)

    • My husband showed it to me. I don’t know how he found it, though. 🙂 Maybe envelopes are (one reason) why they’ve created shortened forms of the name …

  2. That’s amazing!

  3. I’m glad I don’t live there! You’d have to spell the name every time you gave your address and I don’t think I could memorize it.

    • I think if I lived there I might resort to carrying around a printed version of my address in my wallet, both so I could reference, and perhaps to show people.

  4. Haha! Nice find! The pronunciation guide underneath didn’t help me either. It sounds easy enough when you hear the guy say it though. Just rolls right off his tongue! And I’m proud of myself for being able to say supercalifragilistic….phsaw!

  5. My first thought was that maybe you’d decided to move there!

  6. LOL!!! I was no where close with my own pronunciation. What a fun post for the holiday weekend. Thanks for the giggles!

  7. When I saw this post in my reader I wondered what in the world was going on! How many times did you have to spell check that one to see if you got it right?

  8. This is awesome! I love signs like this that have you stumped. 🙂

  9. You know, we might be laughing, but it’s *with*you, not *at* you … and we probably all tried to read the name aloud.

    I wonder how long that station sign is?!?

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