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Longest Sign in the World?

This sign shows the full Welsh name of a town (and its train station) in the UK. The top half is written in Welsh, the bottom half is supposed to be the oh-so-helpful English pronunciation. Whew, thank goodness for the guide, much easier now.

Surprisingly, the 58 letter Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch isn’t the longest place name in the world – one city in Thailand has over 163 letters! However, it does appear to be the longest name ever shown on a sign.

Even town restaurants, pubs, and other businesses use the town’s full name to help attract tourists:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Pub and Restaurant Long Name

I wonder how many high school kids try to steal one of these to hang in their bedroom? Try carrying that one off to college!


5 Responses to “Try Reading this Sign Three Times Fast”

  1. on 08 Mar 2007 at 6:49 am libragirl

    I love Welsh signs. I tried pronouncing names when I was in Wales and then just gave up. Use vowels people. And dd should not sound like an F.

  2. on 08 Mar 2007 at 5:21 pm Wounded Bug

    Amazing. They must have been veeery drunk when they made up that name! 😉 Funny name :)

  3. on 15 Mar 2007 at 1:38 pm Chris

    it’s also the longest single-word domain name:

  4. on 28 Mar 2007 at 3:41 pm Sueper

    3 times fast?
    I cant manage one time slow and Ive had coaching from
    a friend who was born there.

  5. on 28 May 2007 at 6:00 pm Jess

    This place in NZ – it has 85 letters and appears on signs!

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