That’s the name of a place in Wales. Truly. My Auntie Mavis knew how to say it. I don’t. Do you? (The videos down the page might help).
So how is it that a Welsh village acquired such a name? Well, today if you address an envelope to a resident and don’t want to write the whole thing (it would run off the right-hand side of most envelopes anyway) you’ll find that it’s commonly abbreviated to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.
Another abbreviation (probably the best one to use if you’re tweeting) is Llanfair PG.
The whole word means, and breaks down thus:
Parish [church] of [St.] Mary (Llanfair) [in] Hollow (pwll) of the White Hazel [township] (gwyn gyll) near (go ger) the rapid whirlpool (y chwyrn drobwll) [and] the parish [church] of [St.] Tysilio (Llantysilio) with a red cave ([a]g ogo[f] goch).
Actually, the full, long name is a result of a bright Victorian advertising stunt. Wales has long been a place that has attracted tourists – mainly because of its stunning scenery and extensive coastal areas. Plus, of course, its history.
But the name was extended by an unknown resident in 1860 in order to create interest and get attention from the media. I suppose the fact that the village has been called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch since those days give it a good provenance and a history of its own.