Thursday, May 28, 2009

What's in a name?

The residents of a street in Conisbrough, England, might be able to tell you. According to the Daily Mail:

In the end, the constant jokes were just too much to take for the long-suffering residents of Butt Hole Road.

Groups of youths used to visit the street and bare their backsides for photographs while many delivery firms simply refused to believe it existed.

And coachloads of amused American tourists frequently turned up to view the sign after it appeared in a US book.

And so despairing households in the suburban street in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, decided that the road's name simply had to change.

. . .

But an internet petition has already been started to change the road's name back again.

Butt Hole Road is believed to have been named after a communal water butt that was originally in the area.

The road has been renamed Archers Way to refer to a medieval castle that is just half a mile away.

There's more at the link.

I can understand the whimsical at heart wanting the old name back, even to the extent of starting an Internet petition. However, I have to sympathize with the residents. I shudder to think what my friends would have to say if I lived on a road with that name. I mean, I do have a sense of humor, but all the jokes would get very old, very quickly!



dave said...

Yeah, it's no fun when you're always the butt of the joke.

Peter (NOGH) said...'s just around the corner from Morningwood Drive...