How many characters in your town or village name? How would you like to live in a village called “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”. Honestly that’s what it’s called, or should I say that’s what the English translation from Welsh calls it. In Welsh the village name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and that’s 58 characters to be precise. Can you imagine addressing a post-card or a letter? How do you fit it all in? Thankfully it’s often shortened to Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG and in the UK we use postcodes, so hopefully there’s no confusion with other villages which start with Llanfair.
Since the WordPress Weekly Challenge happens to be Signs this week I thought I’d show you one of the railway signs with the full name. Invented in 1860 for promotional purposes it is the largest place name in Europe and the second largest in the world, at 85 characters Taumata (shortened) in New Zealand is the longest. Although I have read that a place in Thailand lays claim to 163 letters now and that place is Bangkok or Krung Thep which is the shortened version of Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit. You can understand why the locals call it Krung Thep?