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Alternative forms[edit]

  • Lake Chabunagungamaug


From a Nipmuck (Loup A) word, translated by Ives Goddard as "fishing place at the boundary" or "lake divided by islands".[1][2]

Chaubunagungamaug is the form used by the US government and it occurs in the earliest local records, according to Goddard. In 1921, a local fancifully enlarged the name to Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.[2][3]


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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A small lake east of Webster, Massachusetts.

Usage notes[edit]

This is the name found in the earliest records and is used by the USGS. Some locals prefer fancifully lengthened versions of the name.


  • Lake Chargoggagoggmanchoggagogg
  • Lake Chargoggagoggmanchaugagoggchaubunagungamaug
  • Lake Chargoggaggoggmanchaugagoggchaubunagungamaug
  • Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaug
  • Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg
  • Lake Chargoggagogmanchaugagogchaubunagungamaug
  • Lake Chaugogagogmanchaugagogchaubunagungamaug
  • Lake Webster, Webster Lake



  1. ^ Ives Goddard, Untitled review of Trumbull (1974), in International Journal of American Linguistics, volume 43, no. 2 (April, 1977), pp. 157–159
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ives Goddard, "Time to Retire an Indian Place-Name Hoax", The New York Times (September 29, 1990)
  3. ^ Pam Belluck, What's the Name of That Lake? It's Hard to Say (November 30, 2004)