What’s the Longest Name in the World?

Isolation Booth: What’s the Longest Name in the World

Our first Isolation Booth question (#72 in the 50 year old Topps series) was chosen by Peabody. The clue, on the back of the card, states that the name comes from the Indian saying “You fish on your side, we fish on our side, nobody fish in the middle.” The card’s answer, revealed through our secret decoder, is Lake Chargoggcgoggmonchanggagoggchaubuwagungamaug. How accurate it this 50 years after the card’s printing?

First, the folks at Topp’s got the spelling wrong. It should be Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, also known as Lake Webster in Webster, Massachusetts. The translation is in dispute, but this hasn’t stopped the locals from using it on T-shirts.

According to the BBC, the city the rest of the world knows as Bangkok has the longest name. However it isn’t recognized by the Guinness Book of Records because the name is not used on a regular basis. The place with the longest name in common usage is a hill in New Zealand. Taumata whaka tangi hanga koauau o tamatea turi pukakapi ki maunga horo nuku poka i whenua kitana tahu translates as “the 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.”

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