Thursday, December 6, 2007

You live in "Masturbation Meadow"?...

The Daily Telegraph from Australia reports that "villagers in the small town of Cae Onan on the Welsh border with England have launched a petition to change the town's name because it translates into "Masturbation Meadow".
The Welsh word Cae means meadow but Onan has no meaning in Welsh other than the biblical figure killed by God for “spilling his seed” instead of impregnating his dead brother’s wife.
Onanism is the Welsh word for masturbation. Julia Newsham, who started the petition, told Associated Newspapers she believed council planners meant to call the village Cae Onnen which translates into Ash Meadow.
"Anyone who knows Welsh and the Bible will put two and two together. There is a funny side but it is also embarrassing," she said.
The council said it had no plans to change the town’s name."

10 comments:

Sue M said...

Love this report, I live in Wales, I am not Welsh, moved here a few years ago... so funny..

Cheers, Sue
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waliz said...

yeah tht was worst name for a place but do u know there is a place named Cockburn in western australia? hehehe..it stated as one 0f the 22 worst place name in the world..

Shelia said...

Masturbation Meadow, HA! That just conjures up all kinds of freaky thoughts! Fortunately it has nothing to do with the actuality of the town and you can visit safely without bein blinded.

kathleenmaher said...

Someone most likely chose to name it according to its true name. Odd as I may be, I find such an idea charming. And if the name fits, I find that charming, too.

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for your comment, Sue. Have you been to this village?

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for your comment, Waliz. And no, I didn't know of that town in Australia. Ouch!

The All Seeing Eye said...

Shelia... You naughty girl. ;)

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for your comment, Kathleen

Stan's Club said...

Hi There,

No I have not, but if I pass again I sure will be visiting - well you gotta right LOL

Cheers, Sue

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks Sue. It would be a riot to see a photo of your standing near the road sign.