You went WHERE on your holiday? The world’s rudest place names

Aug 30, 2018

WARNING: The further down this list you get, the more likely you are to be offended. (But only if you don’t appreciate history, foreign languages and an occasional juvenile giggle).

Everyone’s got a travel bucket-list, but have you ever considered going somewhere purely because of its name? If so, may we recommend some of the following places around the globe – your friends will never believe some of them even exist.

Let’s just hope the locals have a good sense of humour.


Boring, Oregon, USA

Dull, Scotland (In 2012, Dull, Scotland was officially twinned with Boring, Oregon. Perfect.)

No Name, Colorado, USA

Why, Arizona, USA

Whynot, North Carolina, USA

Eek, Alaska, USA

Fear Not, Pennsylvania, USA

Who’s Thought It, Texas, USA

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA

My Large Intestine, Texas, USA

Westward Ho!, Devon, England

Beer Bottle Crossing, Idaho, USA

Beer, Devon, England

Batman, Turkey

Happy Adventure, Newfoundland, Canada

Rest and Be Thankful, Argyll and Butte, Scotland

Climax, Pennsylvania, USA

Disco, Tennessee, USA

Surprise, Arizona, USA

Executive Committee Range, Antartica

Honourable mention:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales (See below if you want to hear how it’s actually pronounced.)


Dismal, Tennessee, USA

Arsenic Tubs, New Mexico, USA

River Styx, Ohio, USA

Bumpass, Virginia, USA

Innaloo, WA, Australia

Disappointment Islands, French Polynesia

Humptulips, Washington, USA

Intercourse, Pennsylvania, USA (Not getting any? Less than 13 kilometres away is the town of Blue Ball.)

Pee Pee Township, Ohio, USA

Poopoo, Hawaii, USA

Anus, France

Backside, Scotland

Hell, Norway (and Michigan, USA)

Moron, Argentina

Satan’s Kingdom, Massachusetts, USA

Foggy Bottom, Washington DC, USA

Useless Inlet, WA, Australia

Wetwang, England

Sandy Balls, England

Titty Ho, England

Longdong, China

Three Cocks, Wales

Middelfart, Denmark

Honourable mention:

Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania, USA (If we tell you this place is just a few kilometres outside of Punxsutawney, does that ring any bells? It’s the site of the annual Groundhog Day tradition, when weather-predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicts if spring is imminent, or if there’s going to be six more weeks of winter. It happens on February 2 every year. Can’t make it? Just watch the Bill Murray film instead!)

We can’t believe they got away with these!

We thought some of these merited a bit more of an explanation!

Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada (The person who gave this places its name? One Captain James Cook, who mapped out Newfoundland. He apparently had a thing for choosing ‘humorous’ names, and this one is no exception. He named it after a phallic-shaped wooden pin on a row boat.)

Twatt, Scotland (There are two Twatts in Scotland, one on the Orkney Islands and another on the Shetland Islands. Their name stems from an Old Norse word meaning ‘small parcel of land’.)

Muff, Ireland (Cue obvious jokes. We’re not sure how this place got its name, but we can tell you it has a festival every August where you can compete in events such as the glamorous granny, wife-carrying or lorry-pulling competitions.)

Whiskey Dick Mountain, Washington State, USA (We couldn’t find the origins of this place, but can only assume it was named after a man called Richard who liked a wee dram or two.)

Sexmoan, Philippines (Back in the day, Spanish friars mispronounced the town’s name, Sasmuan, and the naughty new name stuck. Until the ’90s, anyway – it actually reverted to Sasmuan in 1991.)

Bell End, England (This term is pretty much only used in the UK, but you definitely wouldn’t want to have to use these words in refined company, even if it was to just tell someone where you lived!)

Dick Peaks, Nipple Peak, Mount Cocks and Shagnasty Island, Antarctica (Seriously, who is naming these places?)

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Obviously this is just a language thing and means something completely different and inoffensive in Germany, where this town is located, but we don’t even want to contemplate what locals call themselves here.

This is the sign that farewells you as you leave this town in Austria. Source: Getty
This is the sign that farewells you as you leave this town in Austria. Source: Getty

This town is about 40km north of Salzburg in Austria and tried – unsuccessfully – to change its 800-year-old name a few years ago. The locals, fed up with people nicking their town signs, have installed theft-resistant signs and CCTV cameras, so don’t even think about a ‘souvenir’.


Have you been to any of these places? 'Fess up – did you take a photo of the town's name somewhere?

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