Archive for April, 2009

Really, and such a simple name.

Posted: April 25, 2009 in Life, News

The fine people in charge of making signs for the state of Massachusetts really need to learn how to spell. It seems that the signs in Webster, MA directing people to one of their more famous lakes have been guilty of a glaringly obvious spelling error for the last few decades and only just discovered by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette a few years ago.

The incorrect signs read LakeChargoggagoggmanchaoggagoggchaubunaguhgamaugg” whereas the correct spelling of this beautiful Nipmuc Indian word is of courseChargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamauggwith a ‘u’ as the twentieth letter rather than the ‘o’ and an ‘h’ in the thirty-eighth spot rather than the ‘n’ that were incorrectly placed there by the obviously careless sign makers.

Really, it’s such a simple little name. How could they ever have messed that up? And what’s up with the locals? News reports on the sign indicate that the locals refer to the lake as “Lake Webster” rather than using its beautiful given name in all its Native American glory.