‘A Long Name Of A Small Village!
No, that was not the cat tap dancing on my keyboard. It is the name of a welsh village in Britain. You heard it right! Such a village actually exists. The village is a pre-historic settlement, known to be inhabited since the Neolithic era that is quite long before Christ was born.
The village didn’t go by this long name from the beginning; earlier it was known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. During the 1860s, in order to improve the economy by marking the place as a popular tourist destination, the village was renamed as its current version.
Probably, this is the mother of all publicity stunts. The gimmicks adopted by new-age celebrities and organisations as publicity stunts certainly sound simpler than this!
You are probably assuming that the village name is simply a random jumble of letters, it is not so. It is actually a toponym in Welsh language, which can be roughly translated to “St Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool of Llandysilio of the red cave”. The village is split into two smaller villages, the original part of the village being called as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-uchaf, uchaf meaning upper and the newly developed area being called as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-isaf, isaf translating to lower.
The name has caught the fancy of many; it was used as a security password in the 1960’s cult movie Barbarella. Maybe I should re-consider my email password? or maybe not!
It is also included in the Monopoly game version inspired by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The makers accepted that it was a challenge to get this long name into their board. They tried for a public opinion on whether to opt for the popular shorter version Llanfair PG, but the overwhelming support was for the longer unique name and so it was decided.
The name was also a part of a cryptic crossword published for the Telford and Wrekin News. It was submitted to the Guinness book of records as the longest word to appear in a published crossword.
The prehistoric village holds the honour of owning the longest valid domain name in the world –
llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochuchaf.org.uk. The domain name is incredibly long with 70 characters including the suffix. It holds the Guinness Book of Records (2002) for this name!
You can reach it by road, train, sea or air. The details are provided in their website. Tourism is still encouraged, the website lists places to stay and visit during your trip. All is well, but while uploading your photos from the trip, marking the location is definitely going to be interesting! The website also provides audio help to learn how to pronounce the village name and if you think you can pronounce the name of the village accurately, you can participate in the yearly competition conducted by the villagers. If you impress them, you could win a Llanfairpwll t-shirt.
Up for the challenge?