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Weather Guy Nails Pronouncing Europe’s Longest Place Name

Fifty-eight characters of tongue-tying madness!
by John Paulo Aguilera | Sep 10, 2015
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Weather presenters are noticeably having their moments these days.

After the recent resurgence of the Yanet Garcia craze, a clip of a certain weather guy has been making rounds on social media after pulling off a rather unlikely feat.

Channel 4's Liam Dutton was doing his daily weather report when he came across this 58-letter monstrosity:


No, the news writer didn't fall asleep on his keyboard; that is an actual place—a village at that—at the Isle of Anglesey, Wales in the United Kingdom, which Dutton reported on in his weather bit. And what made him viral isn't because he ended up goofing himself up pronouncing it; it's actually the other way around.

See (and hear) for yourself:

Warm day in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio...
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It may be a mouthful to say, but Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in north west Wales was one of the warmest places in the UK today.And, it was no problem for our Welsh weather presenter Liam Dutton to mention it on today’s weather forecast.

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Noticed that split-second smirk after he uttered it in perfection? Definitely screams "NAILED IT!"

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Considered the longest official one-word place name in the whole of Europe, the word is said to mean "Saint Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave." Damn.

As absurdly lengthy as Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch is, it is actually just second in the longest place name in the world department.

The Guinness World Records lists a hill in North Island, New Zealand as having the official longest place name—with an astouding 85 characters!

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Good luck getting the kids to learn that! If that ain't enough, below are eight more dragging place names for Dutton's enunciating pleasure:


Character count: 45

WTH it is: A lake in the town of Webster, Massachusetts, United States

WTF it means: "Fishing place at the boundaries, neutral meeting grounds"


Character count: 44

WTH it is: A farm in the North West province of South Africa

WTF it means: "The spring where two buffaloes were cleanly killed with a single shot"


Character count: 35

WTH it is: Lapland, Finland

WTF it means: Unknown


Character count: 31

WTH it is: A lake in Manitoba, Canada

WTF it means: "Where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks"

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Character count: 28

WTH it is: A village in Andhra Pradesh, India

WTF it means: "Venkatanarasimharaju's city"


Character count: 27

WTH it is: A farm in the Upper Karoo in South Africa

WTF it means: "Upper end of throat-cut valley"


Character count: 26

WTH it is: A hill in South Australia, Australia

WTF it means: "Where the devil urinates" (Wait, what?)


Character count: 26

WTH it is: A hamlet outside the village of Schmedeswurth, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

WTF it means: "West levee of the smith's hill-village"

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