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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Because I Thought You Should Know

According to this site:
The second Longest geographical name that is accepted in the world is:

“Taumatawhakatangihangak oauauotamateaturipukaka pikimaungahoronukupokaiwhe nua kitanatahu”

(85 letters) which is a hill in New Zealand – it is a maori phrase which translates to “place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played his flute to his loved one”.

It was the longest until recently (though the Guinness Book of Records still regards it as the longest). It has most likely now been supplanted by:

“Krung thep maha nakorn amorn ratana kosin­mahintar ayutthay amaha dilok phop noppa ratrajathani burirom udom rajaniwes­mahasat harn amorn phimarn avatarn sathit sakkattiya visanukamprasit” in Thailand (163 letters).
Try and say either three times fast.



Pique Oil said...

I have visited the hill with the long name and it is totally unremarkable in every respect.

curmudgeon said...

Except for the name of course. ;)