When it comes to funny places names, the UK takes the biscuit. It seems that past generations just picked random words out of a hat and thought that’ll do. As you can see in a list collated by Leasecar.co.uk, there are some superbly whacky names around the nation – and a couple of Yorkshire crackers have made the list.
The two wonderfully funny names that made the list from Yorkshire are Wetwang and Crackpot. I defy anyone to not have a cheeky chuckle at good ol’ Wetwang, in East Yorkshire. Having lived down the road from Wetwang for most my life, it has always managed to give me a smirk whenever I’ve driven through (it’s got a cracking chippy FYI).
Wetwang is recorded in the Domesday Book as Wetuuangha. It has two interpretations from where its name comes from. One is that it’s from the Old Norse vaett-vangr, ‘field for the trial of a legal action’. Another, quite simple version is that is was “Wet Field” which can be compared to the nearby dry field at Driffield.
A spokesperson for the company that compiled the list, LeaseCar.uk, said: “The English language never fails to amaze us, and neither does the imagination and creativity that must have gone into naming these iconic places around Great Britain and Ireland.
“We’re not sure how residents of Nasty and Crapstone convince people they’re nice places to live with names like that – Bunny in Nottinghamshire sounds much better!”
If you fancy having a chuckle on your lunch break, check out the rest of the list here:
- Dull, Aberfeldy
- Pity Me
- Besses o’ th’ Barn
- Barton in the Beans
- Great Snoring
- New Invention
- Donkey Town
- Matching Tye
- Curry Mallet
- Brown Willy
- Loose Bottom