There is a village in France called “Mon Cul” which translated means (forgive my French) “My @ss”.
I just love learning about other cultures and I laughed so hard I nearly fell of the chair when my friend was telling me about this. She said that there was a competition to help the Tourist Board come up with a catchy slogan to help entice people to Mon Cul.
I will now pause while you ponder a few of your own ideas… What would make you want to go to Mon Cul?
They wound up on the slogan “Discover the contours of Mon Cul” which is naughty enough to get a laugh but sensible enough to be enticing.
My French friend also told me about a town they drive through to get to her parents’ house called “Fursac”. I can’t think of any catchy slogans for that one. “Sporren” is the only clean thing I can think to say about that.
Talking to her got me thinking about England…
For example in England there’s a couple of villages – one called “Upper Slaughter” and the other called “Lower Slaughter”. Was “Jack the Ripper” inspired there? More to the point: would you want to GO there? I can just imagine telling my Mom – yes I had a lovely time in the Cotswolds on holiday. I found a lovely B&B in Lower Slaughter and witnessed several murders before the end of a restful weekend…
What is the best way to pronounce “Ashby de la Zouche”?
What possessed people to name their town “Dorking” or worse “Cocking”! Is there some sort of historic significance to it?
Don’t get me wrong, I like this country. Strangely enough, I also like the humour in the place names here. I don’t know why they put themselves through it, but I like the humour in it!