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Major Cities With The Worst Names?  
User currently offlinejonathanxxxx From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 677 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7472 times:

So I found this article:

And it got me thinking, these towns are small and their names aren't really known my question is out of the many major cities in the world, which one do you think has the worst name?

My vote goes for either Miami or Pittsburgh. I don't even know where the name Miami comes from or just, I don't know it sounds weird to me and I never thought it was right to name a city like an armpit...

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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7450 times:

To tell you the truth, I never liked the name Chicago for a city. In the local Indian dialect of 160 years ago it meant "smelly onion". Why would you name a settlement after that?

Let's not forget
Intercourse, PA
Waterproof, LA
Ozona,TX (Out in the middle of the west Texas desert).

User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7446 times:


For reasons that should be readily apparent.

User currently offlinelewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3721 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7416 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 2):

For reasons that should be readily apparent.

I though the same for Bangalore - unless you use the more local Bengaluru as an alternative.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 21922 posts, RR: 63
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7408 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 2):

No no no. This is about the WORST names, not the BEST names.      Actually, from what I hear, Bangkok is a very appropriate name for it.

How about Fukushima? And Fukuoka? And any other Japanese places starting with "Fuku-"?

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9077 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7393 times:

I've long since found "Rio de Janeiro" to be a particularly poor name for such an impressive city. "River of January", right, so where's the February issue?

Apart from that, I certainly wouldn't say "Augh!" if I had to go to Auckland some day.

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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2804 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7373 times:

Oregon has a couple beauties - not major cities by any means but there's towns named Boring and Drain.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11974 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7370 times:

Quoting lewis (Reply 4):
I though the same for Bangalore - unless you use the more local Bengaluru as an alternative.

And perhaps Lahore too.

People may have thought twice before travelling to the Soviet city of Nukus during the Cold War. I've also heard jokes/puns made about Kutaisi, Moroni, Kunming etc...


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User currently offlinedanielmyatt From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7362 times:

You missed Wank in Germany.

User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1966 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

Whenever I read "Muscat, Oman"...I can't help but think Muskrat.

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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13506 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7336 times:

Sandusky, Ohio ? Considering is also the last as the convicted Penn State boy raper.

User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3095 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7307 times:

Bug Tussle, Alabama- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bug_Tussle,_Alabama

When translated from Southern into conventional American English, the name of this town is "Insect Fight" or more accurately "Insect Brawl".

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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6614 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7296 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 6):

Apart from that, I certainly wouldn't say "Augh!" if I had to go to Auckland some day.

I don't quite get it..  

It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 9042 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7281 times:

Quoting jonathanxxxx (Thread starter):
My vote goes for either Miami

May have found it. . .


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User currently offlinetz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2891 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7274 times:

Townsville, Australia. How more generic can you get?

User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7250 times:

In France we have:



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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1656 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7226 times:

Normal, Illinois?


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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3187 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7220 times:

In Kentucky just south of CVG there is a State Park called "Big Bone Lick" near the town of "Beaver Lick"

User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 9313 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7217 times:

Quoting jonathanxxxx (Thread starter):
I don't even know where the name Miami comes from

Named after a local native tribe, the 'Maymies' or 'Maimíes', according to old Spanish colonial records.

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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7184 times:

Dildo, Newfoundland and Labrador has a, well, unfortunate name.

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6614 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7171 times:

Quoting AF340 (Reply 21):

There's also a yard sale there.. Wonder what they're selling. Oh, a craft shop too.

It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7161 times:

Lubumbashi Congo is pretty cool

Theres a Pratt's Bottom in England

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 2):

For reasons that should be readily apparent.

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User currently offlinehOmsaR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 weeks ago) and read 7143 times:

I clicked the link above, and the first thing I thought was: Netscape? Compuserve? Did I suddenly transport myself back to 1996?

As for places, not necessarily bad names, just odd:

Truth or Consequences, NM.
King of Prussia, PA

I'd probably think of a few more, but I'm too tired.

I was raised by a cup of coffee.
User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6082 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7233 times:

Quoting tz757300 (Reply 16):
Townsville, Australia. How more generic can you get?

Mr Robert Towns, after whom it is named might just disagree with you, if he wasn't dead, that is!


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User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7217 times:

Anybody ever been through "Junior" West Vagina ?

By the way, just as you go through "Intercourse, Pa., you end up three miles down the road in "Paradise" !

I used to have to go to New York State a lot; Used to deliver new Firebirds to "Osweego", "Otsego", "Otego", and "Owego", not to mention "Ossining", "Oneonta", Nisseqougue, Niskayuna, then the one I always had trouble finding, "Skaneateles", (which all the locals pronounce as"Skinny atlas" ). Further east, they have "Walkill", "Fishkill", ( and nearby in Pennsylvania is "Schuylkill". ( Which is not far from "Shickshinny".............)

Incidentally, Pennsylvania also has a "Woodcock", a "Steelcock", a "Stonecock, and a "Petcock" ! (not sure which is the largest)


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25 EricR : I don't know why, but I always found Chittagong Bangladesh to be an odd name.
26 jonathanxxxx : There's Phucket, Thailaind too...
27 SmittyOne : I see what you did there! Love that one. Schenectady is no picnic either.
28 Post contains images ouboy79 : You are probably the only one who would make that connection. :-P Everyone else would just think Cedar Point. Shocked none here in Oklahoma made the
29 Post contains images David L : And who was Oka? Wait... Am I missing something - [Whatever], West Vagina?
30 Post contains images aer lingus : There a place called Bastardstown, Wexford, Ireland!
31 ANITIX87 : The similarity in town names in close proximity is always amusing. Driving to my girlfriend's house, I pass by: Woodbridge Ridgewood Woodridge Westwo
32 Post contains images northstardc4m : Hot Springs, NM don't count... they cheated We have the same problem with "york" in Toronto... yes i know it was called York but still: Yorkdale York
33 Post contains images PHX787 : Yeah ask Superfly or Doc about that Imafuku- a small town that has a good trucking industry in Japan A popular Japanese last name actually. my additi
34 Post contains images David L : Actually... it's in the list referenced in the OP! My question is: when was the comma added? The best I can offer is Spittal in SE Glasgow.
35 Post contains images PHX787 : Yeah i saw that on the list after I posted
36 stasisLAX : Blue Ball, Ohio is a rather unfortunate name for a town.
37 PPVRA : The name comes from the month in which Guanabara bay was discovered by the Portuguese. I suppose they didn't name it right away, and referenced to it
38 Post contains links DocLightning : The only solution to being stuck in Blue Ball, OH is to go to Wankers Corner, OR. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wankers_Corner,_Oregon
39 September11 : worst major city names?? fun question.. 20 USA city names (not all major cities) I can think now without looking at map Baltimore Little Rock Birmingh
40 type-rated : Probably a sister city to Blue Ball, PA, which is just down the road from Intercourse, PA in Amish country.
41 September11 : My family is from Blue Bell, PA
42 Post contains images PHX787 : Oh the irony
43 GEEZER : Where on earth did you ever hear about Blue Ball, Ohio from ? I was born and raised in Middletown, and Blue Ball, (population about 2 dozen) is just
44 zippyjet : How about Accident, Maryland? Never liked the name Menominee, Michigan. Or, Fon Du Loc
45 Post contains images vikkyvik : Only one I can think of offhand: Belchertown, MA Interesting, I never knew what "Rio de Janeiro" meant! Thank you! I thought I was the only one! I mea
46 PHX787 : Everytime I pass that joint with my dad he always exclaims "LETS SEND YOU TO BIG BONE LICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE!!" which actually exists there apparentl
47 DocLightning : Hawai'an names often sound dirty. Poipu PeePee (Falls) Apuu Pakaka Poohohoo etc...
48 Post contains images type-rated : That's rich!! ROFLMAO.
49 type-rated : I always wondered what a Menominee was. I think there is also a Menominee Falls to somewhere. Actually a Menominee is a tribe of Indians that used to
50 Post contains images Superfly : Lots of great trip report ideas. My vote goes to Lahore and Bangalore. Right now I live in Bangkok. Nearby is Bang Ken but I prefer Bang Sue. Other od
51 oldeuropean : The name of my city is actually "Colony". Once a German village, when founded as a city, it was called "CCAA" – "Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium"
52 hOmsaR : Sorry, but my AR self can't let this go. First, it's Fond du Lac, WI. Also, if we're thinking of the Wisconsin town again, it's Menomonee Falls (as o
53 Revelation : I always thought "Walla Walla, Washington" was a sucky name. Why stop at two Wallas? I hear they specialize in plastics, ceramics, wood working (bewar
54 Post contains links Superfly : I once got gas there. Everytime I think of Oconomowoc, I always think of this story. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,253602,00.html
55 Revelation : The food was bad, eh?
56 PHX787 : Apparently the person who named it was high on something....in all seriousness!
57 Post contains images 817Dreamliiner : Hmmm surprised no one said Penistone, Yorkshire. I know a guy from there lol. He usually refers to it as Penis town
58 GEEZER : Speaking of names which bear absolutely no resemblance to the place they describe................... Back in the early 50's my ship ( U.S.S. Fulton )
59 Post contains images bohica : Norfolk, VA We don't drink, we don't smoke, Norf*ck.
60 Post contains images FRAspotter : It's bad enough when the IATA code for Fukuoka Airport is FUK...
61 Zkpilot : Slough, UK or Staines, UK
62 Ryan h : What about Asbestos in Canada? Closer to home for me is a place outside of the small fishing town of Port Lincoln on the Eyre Pensinsula in South Aust
63 Post contains images dc9northwest : Pula, Croatia... But that works for Romanians only I guess. Anyway, Doc might like it there It literally means "dick". The most vulgar word for "dick"
64 bristolflyer : Here's a few that I think are weird... Truth or Consequences, New Mexico Chevy Chase, Maryland A couple from England... Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire Ne
65 Post contains links bjorn14 : There is a Menomonie, WI in the western part of the state. Home to UW-Stout. Stout was a lumber baron back in the day and built a replica course of S
66 Post contains images oldeuropean : But I assume that, unlike the French, native English speakers have some problems to pronounce the "Ö" correctly. [Edited 2012-07-23 08:11:40]
67 AirPacific747 : No one mentioned Addis Ababa yet.. And what about Copenhagen.. in Danish København which means 'buy-a-harbour' but refers to Copenhagen the city for
68 Post contains images mandala499 : My vote out of those two goes to Fukuoka... Now, imagine if there's a flight from Fukuoka to Offut? FUK-OFF?
69 Post contains links and images Revelation : I couldn't resist: Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
70 Post contains images johnkrist : And Hell is a town in Norway... And is probably the only way to use that word in these forums without getting a ban We have lot of funny names in Swe
71 kiwirob : the 1990 Miss Universe came from Hell Some other goodies are: Dead Chinaman, Papua New Guinea Pussy creek Ohio, USA Cockburn, Western Australia Midde
72 Post contains links threeifbyair : Scunthorpe, UK doesn't make me want to visit. There's also the Scunthorpe problem
73 dc9northwest : I bet she was damn hot.
74 Post contains links bjorn14 : Yes, she was. Her name was Mona Grudt. Still hot at 41 http://www.monagrudt.no/
75 kiwirob : Fixed it for you, she's not dead!
76 Post contains images GAIsweetGAI : This is what my mom told me about the Iceland/Greenland thing - and I'm inclined to believe her, mostly because it makes some sense: When the Vikings
77 Post contains images HELyes : In Finnish language Pula means "shortage" [Edited 2012-07-23 17:14:27]
78 zippyjet : It's not a city or town but the nams Ursinus (College) and Chamanade suck name wise. The former sounds like a nasal disease complete with snot and the
79 Post contains images 777 : In Italy we have this one that is pretty famous... unfortunately "bastardo" (that translation of "bastard" in Italian) is also a surname for a very li
80 MD11Engineer : In former East Prussia (today the Russian Oblast Kaliningrad) there exists a river called Pissa. Back during the 19th century the inhabitants of the t
81 NoWorries : Liverpool doesn't sound very apetizing -- maybe it should form an alliance with Chicago (smelly onions).
82 Post contains images gocaps16 : F*cking, Austria!
83 bjorn14 : Another story I heard was that the Vikings named it that to keep people away as they were running from the law in Norway and who would want to go to
84 Revelation : Did it smell funny? Did you let one rip in honor of the town's name?
85 757MDE : Not a major city but, Mianus, OH. USA.
86 okees : Kalamazoo... Hoboken Hackensack Ulster
87 Ideekay : Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu in New Zealand, I mean how did you got that name? :d And Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndro
88 Post contains links RussianJet : Blimey, about 80% of posts here off topic, given that the title clearly says 'major cities'. In keeping with this monumental point-missing exercise, I
89 GrahamHill : Nice, I did not know that one!
90 Quokkas : Another "major city" that isn't (in fact no one lives there at all - it's just a former railway halt), here in Western Australia we have Damboring and
91 Post contains images NZ107 : I could only find Damboring Lake... Mind you it'd probably be damn boring seeing it looks like a semi dry salt lake!
92 Quokkas : The country around there is pretty flat and in summer looks very weary. The lake takes on a pinkish colour as a result of the high salt level, alga D
93 Coal : Fak Fak, Indonesia. Cheers Coal
94 Viscount724 : Newfoundland and Labrador has many interesting place names. A few others that come to mind: Come By Chance Conception Bay Blow Me Down Black Tickle C
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