Chargoggagogg-manchauggagogg-chaubunagungamaugg

Lake Webster | Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg
                                    Photo: Bree Bailey [Flickr]

Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg! That’s the name of a lake in Webster, Massachusetts (and the longest place name in the United States). I first learned about it in grade school and actually memorized it. Years later I can still roll the name off my tongue, and believe it or not, I can even spot the two misspelled letters in the sign above.

In an embarrassing mistake, officials in Massachusetts have been forced to admit that some road signs pointing to Lake Chargoggagogg-manchauggagogg-chaubunagungamaugg have spelling mistakes in them.

The typos, which are completely baffling considering how easy it is to spell Lake Chargoggagogg-manchauggagogg-chaubunagungamaugg, were revealed by a local newspaper, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, which has been covering the misspelling scandal since 2003.

Legend has it that two Indian tribes disputing fishing rights gave the lake its long Indian name which means: “You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fish in the middle.” It’s a fun story which unfortunately was later debunked. But somehow that’s how I still think about the lake after all these years.

HT: Neatorama

2 Comments

  1. David Saunders says:

    My mother taught me to ‘say,HERE WE GO’ Chargoggagogg-manchauggagogg-chaubunagungmaugg, Man that’s a mouth full. when I was 5 year’s old, I now am 62. I taught my children and grandchildren how to say it. I hope they pass it on. Thank you for your web site. Dave Saunders, Lake City Fl.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    David – It is fun to say, isn’t it? Just rolls off the tongue.

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