Chargoggagogg ….. the lake with the longest name in the world

If there were stories and legends to explain it, it would be really hard to understand how someone, in past centuries, may have decided to give a place a name so long, incomprehensible and impossible to memorize. One of these strange cases leads us in Massachusetts, United States, and more specifically in Webster. Here, on the border with Connecticut, not far from Douglas State Forest, is located the Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.



I cannot imagine how they did it to make the tourist signs, unless you use huge road signs that are three feet long. In any case, this jagged and irregular reservoir – which Google also called simply Chaubunagungamaug – geographical name boasts the third longest in the world, so they say.

The name derives Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in the direction down  toChaubunagungamaugg Nipmuc chosen by Native Americans before the arrival of British settlers. The term used to indicate a place to fish at the border. Then, with the European pioneers, they came, more or less, to a neutral place to fish in British and Indian, that is Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

Apparently the locals have always been opposed to any notion of synthesis of the long idiom, had become a source of celebrity and perhaps tourist attraction. Although in reality it seems to have spread into the habit of simply calling it Lake Webster.

If you do not want to go on vacation by the parties of the wordy Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg can always opt for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio-gogogoch.

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