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Mar. 3rd, 2014 | 11:27 am

I'm quite tickled by the fact there's a Mount Remarkable in Australia. Probably right in the vicinity of Mount Astounding, Mount You-Don't-Say, and Mount Why-I-Never. :)

Even more amusingly, drhoz informs me that there's also a Mount Buggery. As this page explains (quoting the article the Melbourne Walker and the 1992 book No end to walking, both by Alan Budge):

There is circumstantial evidence that the name was first applied by a member of the Melbourne Walking Club, Stewart Middleton. During the 1934 Christmas period he and five other members of the club walked along the Buckland-Buffalo divide to Mt Selwyn, fought their way through dense scrub on the Barry Mountains to Mt Speculation, followed the Cross Cut Saw to Mt Howitt and finished at Merrijig via the Howqua River. There were no tracks of any sort until they reached Mt Howitt and Stewart, perhaps not quite as fit as he could have been, was finding the going tough after the descent from Mt Speculation. Faced with the prospect of yet another laborious climb he exploded with the words 'What another bugger! I'll call this mountain Mt Buggery.'

There was general agreement amongst other members of the party that the name was appropriate and within the Melbourne Walking Club it came into general use. Other walkers used it and eventually it appeared on maps and official acceptance followed.

There was also a Mount Arsehole — later renamed, alas, to Mount Arthur to make it more palpable to industrial development. I reckon that must be the proverbial place where the sun don't shine, then.

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Whiffert the Cat

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from: whiffert
date: Mar. 3rd, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Names on maps can come back to haunt you. A few years ago in NY the state spent a lot of time and money searching for place names that could be considered offensive or insensitive. "Ni**er Marsh was the one that kicked it off. Oddly, the city of Coxsackie retained its name :)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 3rd, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Heh, yeah.

"Nigger Marsh" is definitely a name that I'd consider completely unacceptable and change myself — not that the new name of "Negro Marsh" they apparently went with is a big improvement. "Mount Arsehole", OTOH, I'd have retained; unlike "Nigger Marsh", it does not specifically insult anyone.

"Coxsackie" is one of those that look deceptively dirty but aren't; Wikipedia translates it as "hoot-owl place", "place of many owls" and "owl's hoot". Middlesex in England is another good example of this — in fact, I recall reading a story in the 90s about how AOL's ham-fisted, hare-brained attempts to censor its discussion boards had led to the closure of not just e.g. boards for victims of sexual abuse, but also boards relating to Essex, Sussex and Middlesex.

A quick websearch also turned up this excerpt from a 2006 book, From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame. It seems like that one'd make for an interesting read!

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Drhoz!

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from: drhoz
date: Mar. 4th, 2014 10:02 am (UTC)
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The Scunthorpe Effect

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 4th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
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Indeed! (Hmm, I wonder if Scunthorpe has a Gropecunt Lane.)

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Drhoz!

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from: drhoz
date: Mar. 5th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
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indeed :)

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Marko the Rat

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from: marko_the_rat
date: Mar. 5th, 2014 10:37 am (UTC)
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We Australians have an irreverent sense of humour.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 5th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
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And I'm glad you do — it makes things a whole lot more fun.

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Marko the Rat

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from: marko_the_rat
date: Mar. 5th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Even better, our tallest mountain is called Mount Kosciuszko. There's nothing wrong with that, but a dingo at the local zoo is named Kosciuszko. He must get very nervous when he hears people talking about Mount Kosciuszko.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 5th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
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*groan*

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