Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is more than a mouthful — but that didn’t stop Channel 4 presenter Liam Dutton from expertly rattling off the long name of the small Welsh community without any hesitation during a recent weather report:
Warm day in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio…It may be a mouthful to say, but Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in north west Wales was one of the warmest places in the UK today.And, it was no problem for our Welsh weather presenter Liam Dutton to mention it on today’s weather forecast.
Posted by Channel 4 News on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Also known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Llanfair PG and Llanfairpwll, the community of 3,000 on the island of Anglesey holds the distinction of having the longest single-word place name in Europe. The lengthy name translates to “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave.”
According to veteran tour guide Dave Fox, the name has humorous roots: “Originally the town had a shorter, easier to pronounce name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. In the 1880s, in a joking attempt to attract tourists, a tailor added the rest of the syllables, bringing the total length to 58 letters, including four letter L’s in a row.”
Around the world, it is surpassed only by Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a 1,001-foot hill in New Zealand that is widely considered to be the longest single-word, English-language place name in the world.
This article originally appeared on Discovery.com on September 9, 2015 || Photo: G1MFG/Wikimedia Commons