Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A fanciful enlargement of the original name, Chaubunagungamaug (see that entry for its history), invented along with a fanciful translation in 1921 by Laurence J. Daly, the editor of The Webster Times, who incorporated the name of the nearby Manchaug Pond and a number of meaningless syllables.[1][2][3]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /tʃɑɹ.ɡɑɡˌmæn.tʃɑˈɡæɡ.ɡɑɡ.tʃɑ.buˌnæ.ɡuŋ.ɡə.mɑɡ/

Proper noun[edit]

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

  1. Synonym of Lake Chaubunagungamaug in Massachusetts, USA.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although it is not the official name of the place, this is claimed by some references to be the longest place name in the USA.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ives Goddard, Untitled review of Trumbull (1974), in International Journal of American Linguistics, volume 43, no. 2 (April, 1977), pp. 157–159
  2. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Language Hat