Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian


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Unusual USA place names 5. – Quamba

QUAMBA, Kanabec County Minnesota

formerly Mud Creek

changed to an Ojibway word

Quamba  means mud hole


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Unusual USA place names 4. – Koo Chi Ching

KOO CHI CHING, Koo Chi Ching County, Minnesota

Sounds Chinese some say

but these are Ojibway words

The place of inlets

Note: The inlets being on Rainy lake and the Rainy River


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Unusual U.K. place names 77. – Curry Rivel

CURRY RIVEL, Somersetshire

Site of Roman house

Name comes from Celtic crwy

meaning boundary

Note: Rivel from its landlord Sir Richard Revel


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Icing on the lake

ICING ON THE LAKE

The red flag has popped

A Northern is on the line

Ice hole refreezes


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Obscure words explained 84. – toponym

TOPONYM

Word for a place name

Especially one derived

from local features

 


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Unusual U.K. place names 65. – Uttoxeter

UTTOXETER, Staffordshire

Varied history

Luttuc’s homestead on the heath

Roman garrison


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Unusual U.K. place names 52. – Wensleydale

WENSLEYDALE,  Yorkshire

Home to the Metcalfe clan

named after Woden’s  meadow

Famous for its cheese


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Unusual U.K. place names29. _ Droitwich Spa

DROITWICH (SPA), Worcestershire

Famous for its salt

Romans named it Salinae

On River Salwarpe


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Unusual U.K. place names 26. – Bishop’s Stortford

BISHOP’S STORTFORD, Hertfordshire

An historic town

at a  ford crossing the Stort

river flowing through