Friday, November 30, 2007
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a village on the island of Anglesey in Wales. It is best known for having the longest officially recognised place name in the United Kingdom, and one of the longest in the world.
The village's long name was contrived in the 1860s for the prestige of having the longest name of a railway station in Great Britain, and could not be considered an authentic word in the Welsh language. A translation into English would yield "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".
Ok. Now you know. I wonder what the IDs of the inhabitants of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch look like.
I guess no one will ever write any songs or poems to that village.